LONDON - In a bid to contain violent extremism, the British Government has launched a new initiative to benefit from the experiences of other countries and organizations already working on this issue, TheNation has learnt. "A specialist group on extremism from Singapore visited United Kingdom and participated in a two-day Deradicalisation Conference held at St. Albans by the Home Office a couple of days back," sources concerned confided to this scribe. Researchers from different universities, Psychologists, consultants, active members of the community and police as well as Home Office officials were brought under one roof for two days by the central govt to share their experiences and ponder over as to how to apply the lesson of Singaporean Deradicalisation Programme in the UK and build a deradicalisation network in the year ahead. "This event is intended as an opportunity for community and statutory partners to meet each other, share their experiences, develop their ideas and lay the foundation for a deradicalisation network," said Tony Heal, a top official of Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT). The Director General of the Security Services has hurled a public warning regarding Al-Qaida-influenced terrorism threat to the country, saying around 2,000 individuals pose direct threat to national security and public safety because of their support for terrorism. The Conference is seen as an initiative to address international aspects of the issue. The British Government has already introduced a counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest to prevent violent extremism in the country under which 45 million will be spent between April 2008 and 2011 at local level. Presenting Singaporean Deradicalisation Model, Muhammad Hanif Hassan and Mohamed Bin Ali, both associate research fellows at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, elaborated international dimensions of the issue and told the conference how the violent extremism was dealt with in their country. "At a global scene, counter-ideology must be supported with efforts to address the root causes of global Muslim grievances," they suggested and added: "By treating Muslim minorities as a different segment of Muslim Ummah, more fitting approaches, strategies and theological arguments can be devised. This will increase the effectiveness of counter ideology work." The Singaporean Deradicalisation Model recommends that theological and juristic approach should be used as a key mechanism in offering alternatives to the Muslim community. It asks the government to establish a healthier relationship with madrassahs and Muslims, stressing not to make sweeping statements or generalization. Similarly, other topics like British Government's Prevent Strategy, Psychological approaches to radicalisation, Mentoring and Engagement, Effective Interventions  with Offenders, Community Perspective, Using Outdoors to Protect the Vulnerable and Applying the Lesson of Singaporean Deradicalisation Programme to the UK were also discussed in length. "This is a global issue and British foreign policy is playing quite significant role in providing fuel to the extremist ideology, though this is not the only factor; other grievances of Muslim community must be addressed too," said Toaha Qureshi, one of the delegates and Chief Executive, Stockwell Green Community Services. "We are working very closely with the authorities as well as Muslim-led organisations to prevent violent extremism through various means. I am glad that the British government has expanded their engagement internationally in this context," he added.