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.

For more information, check out Featured Topics on Global Terrorism and articles on HSDL related to counter-terrorism. Please note an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources.

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