What’s Happening in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Policy

This is a digest of recent statements, activities, and commentaries on CVE policy happening in Washington and around the world. We update this list regularly as CVE discussions and actions take place.
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AfP’s Work on CVE

AfP has three objectives for its work concerning CVE:
  1. Influence policy with clear knowledge and evidence base of effective peacebuilding initiatives for mitigating extremism and creating practical guidance and strategies for USG departments and donor agencies;
  2. Increase dialogue and understanding among USG agencies and military branches around the importance and effectiveness of peacebuilding approaches to CVE; and
  3. Increase positive collaboration among key stakeholders globally in order to identify key issues and develop strategies around U.S. approaches to CVE.
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Alliance for Peacebuilding, Mercy Corps, and 39 other organizations issued a joint statement in response to White House’s CVE plan. AfP also moderated a Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) event titled Countering Violent Extremism: A Peacebuilding Lens.  In February 2016, AfP released a Policy Brief for CVE.
AFSC-logo The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, has published a pivotal report “Mixed Messages: How the media covers ‘violent extremism’ and what you can do about it
CIIAN logo with website address The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) is generating research on ‘Terrorism: Does Conflict Resolution Have a Role?‘ Evan Hoffman of CIIAN recently published ‘Mission Possible: Canada can Prevent Homegrown Terrorism.’
408c6a40f10dfd240bcdc39e36c99740_400x400 Charity and Security Network (CSN) is advocating for the Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding Protection Act (HAPPA), which would reform the US government’s counter-terrorism laws and policies that prohibit peacebuilders from working in local communities to counter violent extremism. Subscribe to receive the CSN’s newsletter, which also includes updates on CVE-related publications.
Chemonics is an international development company that works with USAID to manage projects across different sectors, including those related to Countering Violent Extremism. Chemonics’ Ryan Smith, who served as chief of party on USAID Kenya Transition Initiative, wrote about measuring results on CVE.
Creative Associates International will be hosting a CVE Symposium in April 2016. Creative has recently released three reports on CVE in Georgia, the role of women in CVE and the importance of good development programming for effective CVE implementation.
MC[1] FHI 360 and Mercy Corps are partnering with SSG Advisors to support the Middle East Bureau, the broader USAID community, and other US government partners “to address conflict and violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa” through PEACE CoVE.
Salam_high_res_logo FHI 360 and Salam Institute for Peace and Justice are partnering with USAID to support ‘Countering Violent Extremism in the Middle East & North Africa (CoVE-MENA)’ including developing “Participatory and Collaborative Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism.” They developed an interactive workshop with 32 participants from CSOs across the Maghreb and Sahel, who elicited a new framework within their context of violent extremism, but also elaborated on the framework with the drivers and factors that are most applicable to that context.
Institute for Economics and Peace published its Global Terrorism Index 2015, which is “a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 15 years with a special emphasis on 2014.”
Institute for Inclusive Security hosted its 2015 forum on October 15, 2015 at the Newseum in Washington DC titled Collaborative Approaches to Global Security, which aimed “to foster new ideas about how to make peace inclusive.” The focus of the forum was primarily on the inclusion of women, and representatives from Pakistan and Afghanistan presented a session on CVE.
International Alert partnered with Creative Associates on #peacehackdc, an event on Sept 25th that brought together teams of software developers, designers and peacebuilding experts will work together to develop solutions for using technology to counter violent extremism.
International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) will be hosting the Countering Violent Extremism Symposium over five days in January 2016 in Washington DC to “disrupt traditional thinking, reimagine problems, and then redefine a path forward for Countering Violent Extremism.”
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Mercy Corps published a policy brief, From Jordan to Jihad: The lure of Syria’s violent extremist groups,  that is based on interviews with foreign fighters and their families in Jordan to explain why people join extremist groups and offers recommendations to address recruitment. Furthermore, they published a report, Investing in Iraq’s Peace: How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism,  which draws on multi-year research to identify key drivers of instability and leverage points that can help move Iraq, and other fragile states, toward greater stability and sustainable peace. Earlier this year, Mercy Corps also published a report, Youth & Consequences: Unemployment, Injustice and Violence, that challenges the existing assumption “that idle young people, lacking licit opportunities to make a living, are a ready pool of recruits for armed movements.”
safer Saferworld and USIP held dialogues in Washington DC and Malta in July and August 2015 to bring together security officers, government officials and civil society representatives to discuss and improve just and sustainable approaches to countering violent extremism.  In February 2016, Saferworld released three reports examining the lessons from counter-terrorism and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen.
SFCG[1] Search for Common Ground co-hosted the Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism with the Counter Extremism Project and the US Department of State on Sept 28, 2015 in New York, which produced an accompanying Youth Action Agenda to Counter Violent Extremism.
tanenbaum Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, began a CVE initiative to Combat Extremism.  Additionally, Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action (religiously motivated grassroots peacebuilders) banded together to create a Change.org petition against extremism.

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Countering Islamic Extremism,

January 5, 2015, Washington Journal, CSPAN

Manal Omar, Acting Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa at USIP, talked about radicalization in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, as well as the role played by Muslims worldwide to counter extremism.

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