Countering Violent Extremism

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State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR

Date: 
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

State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR

Date: 
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 foreigh governments and does not address the global impact of U.S. restrictions on civil society. Despite this the report presents yet another potential opening to create dialogue around this issue.

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. Read more.

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.

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

Date: 
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. Read the full report. 

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

Date: 
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.

Could New Laws to Fight Terrorism Actually Help Fuel It?

Date: 
April 6, 2015

 

David Cortright, Associate Director of Programs and Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame has published a blog for the Global Observatory that asks a question that does not get enough attention: Could new laws to fight terrorism actually help fuel it?

 

Noting the wave of new counterterrorism laws passed since the emergence of ISIS, Cortright says, “While these laws have a purported purpose of improving national security, there is a risk that punitive measures that widen police and intelligence powers will have limited utility and narrow the political freedoms and human rights protections that many in these societies consider essential. More significantly, they could prove counterproductive to fighting terrorism by increasing the marginalization of communities.”

 

The blog also notes the counterproductive impact on civil society and the role it migt otherwise be able to play in building human security. Cortrights says,“Restrictive measures adopted in the name of counterterrorism can have the effect of hindering civil society efforts to overcome the conditions that give rise to terrorism...Yet restrictions on charitable funding, barriers to dialogue with radicalized communities, and the weakening of human rights protections make this work more difficult, as noted in the Friend not Foe report for the Dutch development agency Cordaid.”

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 operat

Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia

Date: 
March 30, 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,” the report says.

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