March 14, 2018

Searching for a Remedy to Violent Extremism

Seamus Hughes, Maqsoud Kruse, Stephen Seche

March 14, 2018

Violent extremism is a problem that crosses national, ideological, and cultural boundaries. Violent extremist groups are able to recruit internationally and present a threat to the stability of states and the well-being of their citizens at home and abroad. Since the Obama administration unveiled Countering Violent Extremism as a national paradigm for fighting terrorism in 2011, countries and civil society groups around the world have increasingly embraced the concept as an essential component of any response to the threats posed by extremists.

Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University
Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Hedayah
Stephen A. Seche, Executive Vice President, AGSIW (Moderator)

What attracts young men and an increasing number of women from all over the world to leave their homes and communities and join the ranks of violent extremist groups? What kind of solutions do CVE programs present to policymakers and civil society groups? How do these programs differ in their approach to violent action versus extremist ideology? Is there effective international cooperation on CVE? And what type of support is available to smaller countries struggling with violent extremism?

AGSIW was pleased to host a conversation on these issues and more.