Countering Violent Extremism

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January 26, 2012

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To Increase Peace, Tackle Corruption, Report States

May 11, 2015

Improvements in peace are ultimately dependent on decreases in corruption, concludes a new report by the Institute for Economics & Peace, Peace and Corruption 2015. Although the report found that keeping corruption under control is essential for building and maintaining peaceful societies, there is no indication of the causal relationship between peace and corruption.

CRS Report on White House’s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

June 12, 2012

A May 2012 Congressional Research Services (CRS) report examines the Obama Administration's domestic countering violent extremism (CVE) strategy.   Announced in August 2011, the strategy was further outlined in the White House’s “Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States” (SIP). The SIP’s three objectives involve (1) enhancing federal community engagement efforts related to CVE, (2) developing greater government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism, and (3) countering violent extremist propaganda.

Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia

March 25, 2013

The inspiring stories of six Indonesian women and their grassroots level contributions to countering violent extremism are highlighted in a March 2013 report.  Written by Frank van Lierde, and distributed by the Dutch development agency Cordaid and the Human Security Collective, Looking for that Other Face, contains stories about women “who are a bridge to as well as a defense against puritanical and radical groups in the largest Muslim country of the world.”  With their steadfast faith and rejection of violent and repressive ideology, these women serve as a “pillar of strength in combating violence in their communities and communicating values to young people that encompass human security.”

Report: Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming

October 24, 2013

The Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation published the report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming: Practice and Progress in September 2013.  It draws on the discussions of a symposium sponsored by the Government of Canada in conjunction with the Global Counterterrorism Forum and reviews the conceptual and operat

Report: Injustices, Not Economics, Drive Youth Recruitment in Armed Groups

April 20, 2015

Experiences of injustice, rather than economics, drive youth to armed movements, according to a new report by Mercy Corps, Youth & Consequences: Unemployment, Injustice and Violence. According to the report, a growing body of evidence finds no relationship between unemployment and young people’s willingness to engage in or support political violence. Instead, recruitment is driven by factors such as discrimination, corruption, normalized violence, and poor governance. Furthermore, supply-side vocational training risks raising expectations that cannot be satisfied and aggravating perceptions of unfairness, especially where programs fail to target the most marginalized, are manipulated by local elites, or increase vocational skills rather than the supply of jobs.

Report: Does CVE Work?

October 1, 2015

Does CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) Work? A new report from the Global Center on Cooperative Security asks that question, in an effort to determine the best approach moving forward. 

As the most significant development in counterterrorism in recent years, CVE is at a "fulcrum point," the report asserts. There is enough experience with it to expect data to be collected and analyzed, and these analyses should inform future work in the field if it is to be evidence-based.

International NGO Statement Critical of Administration's CVE Strategy

July 20, 2015

The largest group of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to date has responded to the Obama administration’s new “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) strategy.

C&SN Signs On to Letter Objecting to CVE Expansion

July 15, 2015

The Charity & Security Network, joined by 42 civil liberties, human rights and racial justice organizations, has signed onto a letter expressing grave concerns about a proposed bill that would create a division devoted to “countering violent extremism” (CVE) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The office would be headed by a new Assistant Secretary and supported by a career Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the bill allocates $10 million annually from the budget of the Office of the Secretary of DHS to this new program.

H.R. 2899, The Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, was introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (D-TX) June 25. A hearing on the bill was held July 15 in the House Committee on Homeland Security, followed by bill markup. Representatives from DHS did not attend the hearing, while many observers have speculated on the reasons for its absence. The bill passed out of committee that evening on a voice vote.

State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR

May 12, 2015

Countering violent extremism (CVE) plays a prominent role in the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), the State Department’s policy roadmap, released April 28 by Secretary of State John Kerry. While the CVE strategy, as outlined in the report, emphasizes the importance of a free and functioning civil society, it echoes the rhetoric from the February White House Summit on CVE and the September 2014 Presidential Memorandum, which focuses on restrictions imposed by foreign governments and does not address the global impact of U.S. restrictions on civil society. Desptie this, the QDDR presents yet another potential opening to create dialogue around this issue. Read more