The Future of Countering Violent Extremism

The concept of “countering violent extremism” (CVE) – which involves the use of non-kinetic tools to undermine recruitment and mobilization to terrorism and focusing attention on the drivers and not just the manifestations of the violence – was not new when then President Obama convened the White House CVE Summit five years ago. However, the unprecedented high-level gathering of governments, civil society, and the private sector elevated the issue as a priority in many capitals around the globe.

Strong Cities Network Fifth Anniversary

This virtual event takes place 30 September 2020, 09:30 – 11:00 EST / 13:30 – 15:00 UTC. This September, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) will be celebrating five years of achievements since it launched at the U.N. General Assembly in 2015. To mark the occasion, we are organising a celebratory event showcasing the leadership of…
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Guest Article: The Pandemic That Continues to Spread: Now More Than Ever We Must All Come Together to Stand up to Racism, Bigotry, Hate, Intolerance, and Extremism

Above: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launches the Shared Endeavour Fund at Google’s headquarters in London in January 2020 9 September 2020 While society has had to focus on the huge challenges posed by COVID-19, another virus continues to spread.  Bigots, supremacists and extremists have sought to use the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic to…
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Guest Article: The Economic, Social and Political Crisis in Lebanon and its Impact on Violent Extremist Rhetoric

Above: The explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020 killed more than 200 and injured at least 7,000. 26 August 2020 Nidal Khaled, Coordinator and Focal Point for Majdal Anjar Local Prevention Network, Lebanon. President of Youth Initiatives Association On 4 August, a powerful explosion ripped through Beirut’s port, killing at least…
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Practice Spotlight: How Kenyan Civil Society is Adapting to COVID-19

Above: A worker for Human Development Agency (HUDA), Kwale County,  hands out personal protection equipment to motorbike taxi drivers.   The threat of COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways, but particularly civil society. Kenya has had more than 10,000 confirmed cases, but in addition to the cost of lives as a result of the…
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SCN Survey Results: What do cities need to aid the rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign fighters and their families?

Above: A veiled woman walks with her child at al-Hol camp in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria on February 17, 2019. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP via Getty Images)  Since the Strong Cities Network (SCN) launched its member survey and previous article on rehabilitation and reintegration in March 2020, there has been little progress…
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Practice Spotlight: Advice from Groundswell Project – How to Support Communities During COVID-19

Above: The Groundswell Project was founded in 2018 as a way to bring communities together.  Hadiya Masieh, Founder of Groundswell Project Hadiya Masieh is an expert consultant in the area of community cohesion, interfaith relations, counter extremism, and women’s involvement in extremism and radicalisation. Her experience spans over 22 years. She has been a counter…
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#CoronaJihad: COVID-19, Misinformation, and Anti-Muslim Violence in India

Photo by Dewang Gupta on Unsplash About the Authors: Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and an Associate Fellow at the Global…
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Opinion: Can Law Enforcement be a Positive Actor for Change?

In our previous article we explored how violent extremist organisations can use a breakdown of trust between local communities and the state to harness support for their activities and recruit individuals at risk. In this issue, we look at the other side of the coin and outline how an accountable, transparent and human rights-grounded law…
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