WORDE Publications include books, commentary, and reports authored by WORDE Specialists. They also include Our WORDE (public policy newsletter), Press Releases and Public Statements.

Frequently Asked Questions about CVE

“Countering violent extremism” or “CVE” is a catch-all phrase that is commonly used to refer to programs that aim to reduce the appeal of ideologically motivated violence that furthers social, political and economic goals. The term was popularized in 2011, however today, public and private sectors around the world utilize this term to reference a […]

Overview of WORDE’s Approach

WORDE established the International Cultural Center (ICC) in 2011 in Montgomery County, MD to promote social cohesion by bringing diverse faith and ethnic communities together in an atmosphere of trust, respect and collaboration. As a result, we have been able to address issues of mutual concern, from emergency / disaster preparedness, bullying, and internet safety, […]

Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism

“Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism” by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, Dr. Tarek Elgawhary, and Mehreen Farooq.   Despite billions of dollars in counter-terrorism measures, the threat from transnational terrorist organizations like ISIL, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban has metastasized into a greater menace than ever before. Given the U.S. government’s trepidation to engage the public sector […]

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 […]

CVE Panel at the Cato Institute

On December 14, 2016, Assistant Chief, Luther Reynolds (Montgomery County Police Department) presented on his department’s involvement in the BRAVE Program as part of a panel discussion on countering violent extremism at a CATO Institute conference. Co-panelists included Michael German (Brennan Center for Justice), Maya Berry (Arab-American Institute), Arjun Sethi (human rights lawyer, and Adjunct […]

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 […]

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