Countering Violent Extremism Overview

Date: 
January 26, 2012

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Narrowing CVE Agenda Crucial in Counterterror Fight

Narrowing the countering violent extremism (CVE) agenda, investing in conflict prevention, respecting humanitarian law and limiting the use of force will all be crucial components of governments' work of fighting terrorism, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group, Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

The term “violent extremism” is often ill-defined and open to misuse. When it is identified as the main threat to stability, governments "risk downplaying other sources of fragility, delegitimising political grievances and stigmatising communities as potential extremists," the report states. Both governments and donors must think carefully what to label CVE, the report notes, adding, "Re-hatting as CVE activities to address 'root causes', particularly those related to states’ basic obligations to citizens – like education, employment or services to marginalised communities – may prove short-sighted." Preventing crises will be much more powerful in containing violent extremism than CVE, the report asserts. "Nudging leaders toward more inclusive and representative politics, addressing communities’ grievances and measured responses to terrorist attacks usually make sense." Read more

Narrowing the CVE Agenda Will be Crucial in Fight Against Terror

Date: 
March 16, 2016

Narrowing the countering violent extremism (CVE) agenda, investing in conflict prevention, respecting humanitarian law and limiting the use of force will all be crucial components of governments' work of fighting terrorism, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group, Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

The term “violent extremism” is often ill-defined and open to misuse. When it is identified as the main threat to stability, governments "risk downplaying other sources of fragility, delegitimising political grievances and stigmatising communities as potential extremists," the report states. Both governments and donors must think carefully what to label CVE, the report notes, adding, "Re-hatting as CVE activities to address 'root causes', particularly those related to states’ basic obligations to citizens – like education, employment or services to marginalised communities – may prove short-sighted." Preventing crises will be much more powerful in containing violent extremism than CVE, the report asserts. "Nudging leaders toward more inclusive and representative politics, addressing communities’ grievances and measured responses to terrorist attacks usually make sense." 

CSN Board Member Critiques UN's CVE Plan

In a new blog, Charity & Security Network advisory board member Naz Modirzadeh, founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, takes aim at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. In it, she identifies three "fatal flaws," including its failure to define "violent extremism," its lack of convincing evidence of the causes or "drivers" of violent extremism, and its prescription for a "host of programmatic, political, and institutional actions with significant implications."

Read the blog here.  

C&SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN's Work on Preventing Violent Extremism

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February 8, 2016
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In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 50 organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, raise serious concerns about the UN's plans for preventing violent extremism (PVE), including a resolution and an upcoming panel on “human rights and preventing and countering violent extremism” at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council. 

To Increase Peace, Tackle Corruption, Report States

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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 operational

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