Countering Violent Extremism Interventions
What interventions are being used and how effective are they for countering violent extremism? The UK-based organization, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, delves into these questions with their May 2021 report, Countering Violent Extremism Interventions: Contemporary Research. Some key findings from their report are:
- Former extremists are increasingly being used to deliver offline and online interventions.
- Interviews with formers [former extremists] reinforce existing knowledge about the push and pull factors that contribute to engagement in, and disengagement from, extremism.
- Multi-disciplinary interventions that target a range of social-ecological factors are increasingly being used around the world to support those at risk of being [radicalized] and to facilitate disengagement and [deradicalization] and have produced some promising early results.
- Some countries are pursuing efforts to use interventions to build community resilience so that communities can more effectively support individuals who may be at risk of being [radicalized].
- There is some evidence that online interventions can be effective, but this evidence base is very limited.
- A recent systematic review suggested that counternarratives might be effective at tackling the early stages of [radicalization], but less able to challenge the views of those who support violence.
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