Radicalization of Women and their Role in Preventing Violent Extremism

On Wednesday July 12, 2017 WORDE’s Mehreen Farooq was invited to participate in a briefing on Women and Children at the Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the State Department. Mr. Irfan Saeed, Director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism at the U.S. Department of State, provided opening remarks and the […]

Applying Lessons Learned from Montgomery County to Foster Religious Literacy

On June 27, 2017 the State Department invited Mehreen Farooq to speak on a panel during their symposium on Teaching Religious Tolerance, Peace Studies, and Foreign Policy. The panel was coordinated by MCPD teacher, Christopher Murray, who included the symposium in his second annual week-long course on Religious Literacy for Educators. Ms. Farooq discussed WORDE’s […]

WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq to Speak at a panel at the U.S. State Department Symposium

On June 22, 2017 the State Department has invited Mehreen Farooq to speak on a panel during their symposium on Teaching Religious Tolerance, Peace Studies, and Foreign Policy. Ms. Farooq will discuss WORDE’s holistic efforts to mobilize multiple faith communities through applied principles of social integration theory to promote social cohesion and to prevent radicalization to violent […]

BRAVE Featured Publications

A Strategic Plan for WORDE’s BRAVE Model

Through its organic development in Montgomery County, the BRAVE model has evolved into a “collective impact initiative” with a core focus on building resilience against violent extremism through engagement, education, and specialized interventions.  The research-informed model has undergone an independent evaluation and, as such, is an evidence-based good practice for preventing violent extremism and enhancing […]

An Instructor’s Manual for Developing a Community-Led Approach to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Illustrating lessons learned and best practices from two years of programming and evaluation, WORDE produced an accompanying Instructor’s Manual to supplement the evaluation and guide communities and CVE practitioners in: Building positive and collaborative relationships with diverse Muslim communities Understanding the potential risk factors of radicalization and mobilization to violent extremism Creating a community-led engagement […]

Evaluation of WORDE’s CVE Programing

In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched a two-year study of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programing led by the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) and its effectiveness in promoting positive social integration and encouraging public safety. By the time of publication, our CVE programing, informally known as the “Montgomery […]

Cyber Civility Curriculum

WORDE Specialists have developed a curriculum for teachers to guide students on using social media and other digital media in a responsible, respectful manner. The curriculum includes a teacher’s manual and a complementary multimedia PowerPoint presentation for each chapter, designed to inform students of potential threats associated with online activity – from sexual predators and […]


New National Academy of Sciences Publications Highlight’s WORDE’s BRAVE Model

The National Academies of Sciences published its proceedings of a 2016 workshop, “Countering Violent Extremism Through Public Health Practice” in which WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq presented on WORDE’s Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) Model.   BRAVE (formerly known as the Montgomery County Model) takes a public health, tired approach to prevention. At the […]

The Washington Institute’s Report on WORDE

The Washington Institute just released a new bipartisan report on defeating ideologically inspired violent extremism citing WORDE’s community-led efforts as the most developed “whole of society approach.” Having established the model in Montgomery County, our partners at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) will further institutionalize the program in the national capital region and […]

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Chapter on BRAVE

The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face Edited by: Rand Beers, Richard A. Clarke, Emilian Papadopoulos, and Paul Salem Vol. 668, November 2016 The next president will face enormous challenges in dealing with terrorism—a threat to global stability and national security that has changed considerably […]

WORDE Reports

Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism

Despite billions of dollars in counter-terrorism measures to capture and kill terrorists, the threat from transnational terrorist organizations like ISIL, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban has metastasized into an even greater menace than ever before. Given the U.S. government’s trepidation to engage the public sector on religious issues, our efforts to contain the threat have relied […]

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