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Extremist movements — such as ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban and al-Shabab — fuel, and often stem from, instability and violent conflict and present a complex challenge. The U.S. Institute of Peace works to understand the underlying causes of violent extremism and helps develop localized and viable solutions by providing research, training and expertise to practitioners and policymakers. From examining the critical role of women in combating violent extremism in Afghanistan to exploring the dynamics of radicalization in Kosovo, USIP seeks to reduce this ever-shifting threat.
 Learn more in our fact sheet on USIP’s Work on Violent Extremism.
Chad: President Déby’s Death Leaves Vacuum in Volatile Region
Thursday, April 22, 2021
By: Kamissa Camara; Jérôme Tubiana
The sudden violent death of Idriss Déby, the leader of Chad since 1990, throws the central African country into uncertainty. During a visit to the military frontline, Déby was allegedly killed in fighting in the country’s Lake Chad region, just days after the uncompetitive April 11 presidential elections in which he was re-elected for a sixth term. As USIP’s Kamissa Camara and researcher Jérôme Tubiana explain, Déby’s death does not change the structural deficiencies of the Chadian state. At the same time, Déby’s death leaves the West without a long-time ally in counterterrorism in the greater Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, and how the transition is managed has implications for the wider region, too.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Democracy & Governance; Violent Extremism
Guns, Camps and Deradicalization: Violent Extremists in Conflict Zones
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
By: Andrew Glazzard
Violent extremists make civil conflicts more complex and less manageable. Whether in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia, one of the many problems presented by conflicts involving violent extremists is how to deal with these combatants and associates when they surrender or are captured. There have been many attempts to disengage, deradicalize, rehabilitate and reintegrate violent extremists around the world, but most research focuses on stable settings such as Western Europe and North America. What, then, do we know about how to do this in the middle of conflict?
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Violent Extremism
Afghanistan Withdrawal Should Be Based on Progress on Peace, Study Group Says
Thursday, February 4, 2021
By: Adam Gallagher
The Biden administration should commit to the Afghan peace process but seek an extension of the May troop withdrawal deadline stipulated in the February 2020 U.S.-Taliban deal, said the bipartisan Afg...
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Peace Processes; Violent Extremism
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Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reconciliation
Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reconciliation (VEDR) is the peacebuilding contribution to disengagement from violent extremism and reconciliation with local communities. It de-exceptionalizes violent extremism from other challenges that result from similar sets of risk factors and social environments by emphasizing peacebuilding and public health.
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Reconciliation; Violent Extremism
Alliance of Tunisian Facilitators (ATF)
Despite the degree of stability that Tunisia has achieved since its 2011 revolution, there are still obstacles to democratic consolidation, as well as unaddressed issues that threaten social and political stability—such as growing economic disparities, deepening mistrust between civil society and the government, weak local governments, and the difficult process of achieving meaningful institutional reforms.
Democracy & Governance; Fragility & Resilience; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Violent Extremism; Youth
Women Preventing Violent Extremism (WPVE) in the Horn and Sahel
USIP’s Women Preventing Violent Extremism (WPVE) program aims to shape national policies and community approaches to countering violent extremism in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. USIP does this by empowering women-led organizations and building local capacity that fosters collaboration between community-level activists and national-level policymakers.
Gender; Violent Extremism
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Leanne Erdberg Steadman
Director, Countering Violent Extremism
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Crisis in Mozambique: Pathways to Peace in Cabo Delgado
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
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COVID-19 and Conflict: Violent Extremism
The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe is...
How Kenya’s Women Are Preventing Extremism and Violence
A group of women gathered recently in Kiambu, an overcrowded...
The Missing Piece: Fathers’ Role in Stemming Youth Radicalization
In countries across East Africa, youth radicalization...
Central Asia Leads the Way on Islamic State Returnees
Beginning in January of this year, Kazakhstan began...
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