Countering Violent Extremism

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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