Countering Violent Extremism

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 […]

Belonging Nowhere: Marginalization & Radicalization Risk among Muslim Immigrants

Research into the psychology of terrorism suggests that a person’s cultural identity plays a key role in radicalization, so WORDE teamed up with researchers Dr. Sarah Lyons,  Dr. Michelle Gelfand, and Marieke van Egmond for a study to understand how immigrant acculturation challenges in the US may be linked to radicalization. We found that immigrants who […]

Fighting ISIS at Home and Abroad featuring Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi & Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq

  “Just because you can’t prevent every attack from happening, I’m not sure that, that’s reason to not make an effort. I’d like to think that defeating the ideology that underlies some of this is a start.” -Khurram Dara, Author, “Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America,” New York, New York […]

Understanding ISIS in order to Better Protect the Homeland

Testimony submitted by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on January 20, 2016   Chairman Ron Johnson, Ranking Member Thomas Carper and members of the Committee, thank you for the honor of testifying here today on such a serious and important issue. I have been in the field of […]

Muslims in Kenya Offer a Christmas Present to the World

Mandera is not a rare event – and parallel stories of human familyhood are all around us. Al-Jazeera | December 27, 2015 Muhammad Fraser-Rahim & Beth Ellen Cole After a year marred by violence that has led some people to suppose that confrontation is inevitable among humanity’s religions, a busload of Muslims in northeast Kenya […]

Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims

A warmer embrace could stop homegrown terrorism. By Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele Gelfand Washington Post | November 24, 2015 The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is […]

Leveraging Soft Power in U.S. and International CVE Efforts

“Taking the Fight to ISIL: Operationalizing CT Lines of Effort Against the Islamic State Group” Washington Institute for Near East Policy | February 2, 2015 The Washington Institute convened a symposium in which officials from various U.S. government agencies joined other experts to discuss the best means of confronting the so-called “Islamic State” (a.k.a. ISIL […]

Engaging and Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society for Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Launches Two New Reports on Pakistan Over the past several years, WORDE has been leading a comprehensive study through 35 cities and villages in Pakistan to explore the capacity of civil society for peacebuilding. We’ve identified over 100 local organizations that have implemented viable and innovative peacebuilding programs, ranging from inter-ethnic dialogues to fatwas […]

Equipping Pakistan’s Civil Society against the Taliban

December 24, 2014 | The Hill Waleed Ziad & Mehreen Farooq Hundreds of Pakistanis met outside Islamabad’s infamous Red Mosque last week to light candles for victims of the Taliban’s recent attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar. Nearby, activists called on the mosque’s extremist cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz to condemn the attack that killed over 140 […]

Six Things About Afghanistan that May Surprise You

By Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad Foreign Policy: South Asia Channel | October 27, 2014 Despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s inauguration on Sep. 29, many Afghans remain skeptical about what will happen next and whether his power-sharing deal with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah will stick. Given two months of tumultuous political negotiations against the backdrop […]

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