Countering Violent Extremism

C&SN Joins 80 Organizations to Speak Out for Muslim Civil Society

Charity & Security Network has joined 80 other organizations in a statement expressing concern about the potential harm to Muslim civil society if the Muslim Brotherhood is designated as a terrorist organization. 

The statement, signed by civil, human rights and faith-based groups, warns that such a designation could "lead to the stigmatization and targeting of American Muslim civil society, including non-profits, charities, religious organizations, and activists." The statement notes that numerous scholars and national security and foreign policy experts from across the political spectrum have voiced concern regarding the validity of such a designation. A designation, the statement continues, would continue the current smear campaigns again prominent American Muslims and organizations using "six degrees of separation" accusations. 

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USAID & State Release First Joint Strategy on CVE

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June 8, 2016
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Because the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provide different viewpoints, tools, and expertise, the two agencies determined that a joint strategy utilizing the diverse strengths of both bodies is the United States’ best option for preventing and countering the spread of violent extremism (CVE). That strategy, released May 28, outlines the agencies’ plans for CVE moving forward, and will be updated every two years.

Policy Brief: Can Development Initiatives and CVE Be Combined Effectively?

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May 17, 2016
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A February 2016 policy brief from the Global Center on Cooperative Security, Countering Violent Extremism and Development Assistance: Identifying Synergies, Obstacles, and Opportunities, indicates that there may be significant benefit to be obtained from cooperation and coordination of security and development initiatives, but notes that efforts to do so may not be without challenges.

Narrowing the CVE Agenda Will be Crucial in Fight Against Terror

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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." 

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. 

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