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  • Peacbuilding Fact Sheet | Charity & Security Network
    include diplomats civil society organizations religious institutions the United Nations and other multi lateral entities that have historically played critical roles Should the U S engage in peacebuilding activities According to the United States Institute of Peace USIP it is essential that the U S working with the international community play an active part in preventing managing and resolving conflicts Fragile states ethnic and religious strife violent extremism competition for scarce resources and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction all pose significant challenges to peace The U S should encourage all available diplomacy and development capabilities to shape an international order that promotes a just peace How has the U S supported peacebuilding activities The U S government has been engaged in official diplomatic peacebuilding since our country was founded Individuals and organizations have played prominent roles for well over a century The history of the Nobel Peace Prize dates to 1901 and early recipients were often not government representatives but private citizens The growth of citizen involvement in peacebuilding significantly increased after World War II and has developed rapidly in the last three decades From the earliest days of mediation in conflicts by representatives of Quaker Catholic and other religious groups to the multi faceted peacebuilding efforts of thousands of civil society organizations here in the U S and abroad the field has expanded the depth and breadth of its contributions to reducing violence and transforming peace What is the role of civil society in peacebuilding Civil society groups are involved in peacebuilding work at the local national and international level including Non governmental Organizations directly involved in supporting a peace process or capacity building Human rights organizations working on social justice issues Women s faith based organizations Informational and educational groups such as academic and media related

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/Peacebuilding_Fact_Sheet_October_2010 (2016-02-16)
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  • Countering Violent Extremism Overview
    Reports Homegrown Terror Threat Exaggerated 33 Terrorist Trial Report Card 2001 2010 34 Community Groups Need to Play Larger Role in the National Strategy to Counter Violent Messaging 35 2011 Radicalization Theories are Misguided 36 2011 UN Calls for Review of all Counterterror Measures 37 2011 FBI Investigative Powers Too Broad 38 2010 Policing Not Enough to Stop Homegrown Terrorism 39 2010 CRS on Combating Domestic Terrorism 40 2010 Anti Terror Lessons from Muslim Americans 41 2009 Forging Effective Couterterror Enterprise Between Muslims and Law Enforcement 42 2009 Charities Help Not Hinder War on Terror 43 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org Countering Violent Extremism Overview 20 Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org Countering Violent Extremism Overview 20 2 http www charityandsecurity org news State Official Calls For Civil Society Engagement CVE 3 http www charityandsecurity org news Cordaid Civil Society Perspective UN Counterterrorism Event 20 4 http www charityandsecurity org news UN Reps Examine Ways CVE 5 http www charityandsecurity org news DNI Issues Directive Civil Liberties Privacy 6 http www charityandsecurity org news National Coalition Objects Kings Latest Hearing 7 http www charityandsecurity org blog The Threat Behind the Homegrown Threat 8 http www charityandsecurity org news State Reorganization Changes 9 http www charityandsecurity org news Clinton Global Counterterror Forum 10 http www charityandsecurity org node 643 11 http www charityandsecurity org news Peter King Hearing 12 http www charityandsecurity org news Briefing Highlights Work US Nonprofits 13 http www charityandsecurity org news MPAC ADC Law enforcement events 14 http www charityandsecurity org news Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 2528QDDR 2529 Outlines Strategy for State Department USAID 15 http www charityandsecurity org news house hearing extremist websites 16 http www charityandsecurity org news Clinton Calls Addressing Root Causes Terrorism UN Summit 17 http www charityandsecurity org news New

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/559 (2016-02-16)
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  • Send by email | Charity & Security Network
    verification Home page Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/printmail/559 (2016-02-16)
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  • State Department Official Calls for Civil Society Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism
    vital impact of communication and engagement in countering violent extremism during a speech 2 on March 27 2013 Sonenshine highlighted the work of the State Department s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications in countering violent rhetoric through social media education and interfaith dialogues Sonenshine also called on other governments and religious scholars universities and even ordinary citizens to build international coalitions to counter violent extremism According to Sonenshine the U S cannot afford to stand on the sidelines and let cynical voices distort and misreport U S policies values and interests To accomplish this the State Dept has worked with partners including women s civil society groups and Imams to showcase a counter narrative to violent rhetoric State has partnered with allies such as Hedaya a multilateral center for training dialogue and collaboration on countering violent extremism based in Abu Dhabi These collaborations are in line with the State Department s renewed attention toward partnering with civil society outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 3 QDDR in 2010 The QDDR which lays out goals for State and USAID policies calls civil society groups indispensable partners and agents of positive change Source URL http www charityandsecurity org news State

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/991 (2016-02-16)
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  • Cordaid Offers Civil Society’s Perspective at UN Counterterrorism Event
    according to the conference s summary document 3 which said Any effective counterterrorism strategy must integrate elements beyond the law enforcement infrastructure and include socio economic political educational developmental human rights and rule of law They also called for proportional measures in response to threats and to include input from civil society including humanitarian groups in the development and implementation phases of national anti terror strategies Van Broekhoven told the audience 4 which included officials from the UN s Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate CTED and the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force CTITF The global strategy stipulates that prolonged unresolved conflicts lack of rule of law and violations of human rights dehumanization of victims of terrorism ethnic religious national discrimination political exclusion socio economic marginalization and lack of good governance are conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism To better respond to these drivers of conflict she noted that Cordaid and over 40 civil society organizations and global networks started the Human Security Collective We have established this initiative because violent extremism terrorism and countering these are too important to be left to the government and the security sector she said In addition to bringing conflict mediation expertise and cultural understanding civil society actors can move in and between the different spaces occupied by security forces violent extremists government entrepreneurs and communities The use of unofficial channels for peace negotiations commonly called Track II diplomacy 5 involves civil society actors and is designed to complement official action by building bridges between opposing sides The Human Security Collective includes groups such as the Kroc Institute of International Peace at Notre Dame 6 and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict 7 GPPAC and advocates for broad participation among divergent sectors communities and stakeholders to reach peaceful and long term

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/969 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Representatives Examine Ways to Counter Violent Extremism
    civil society on counterterrorism efforts Praising the work of groups like Cordaid he said There are very credible very hardworking civil society organizations at the grassroots level which want to have a voice in crafting comprehensive counterterrorism strategies precisely because of the impact not only of counterterrorism but of terrorism on their communities and because of their understanding of what is going in those communities So as long as their role and independence is respected from the outset we have a very interested partner in civil society 25 minute mark on video Another UN representative discussed reducing the appeal of the terrorist narrative Young combatants are more likely to lay down their weapons if they are provided with the proper opportunities to survive in society said Anne Wu special political adviser at CTITF So creating employment opportunities would be a potentially effective tool to prevent conflict and counter radicalization she said One program Wu mentioned during the discussion is a CTITF program in Somalia that empowers the Somali diaspora by training people hurt by violence to broadcast their stories via technology The peace and hope expressed in victims messages are powerful themselves in counter narratives of the narratives of violent

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/952 (2016-02-16)
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  • Intelligence Director Issues Directive on Civil Liberties and Privacy
    of oversight mechanisms and procedures for redress of alleged violations The DNI directive does not include definitions for either privacy or civil liberties and according Steven Aftergood 3 at Secrecy News the directive s practical meaning is somewhat elusive He writes Intelligence activities shall be conducted in a manner that protects civil liberties and privacy the directive states But that seemingly categorical statement is rendered ambiguous by the very next sentence The IC shall protect civil liberties and privacy in a manner that enables proper intelligence integration and information sharing and safeguarding In 2004 Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 4 IRTPA which was aimed at reforming the intelligence community after 9 11 and created the position of Director of National Intelligence DNI Under IRTPA the DNI s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office 5 CLPO is responsible for ensuring that the protection of civil liberties and privacy is appropriately incorporated in the policies of the IC and reviewing complaints about potential abuses of privacy and civil liberties in DNI programs and activities The law privacy groups argue 6 grants the IC greater powers to wage war against terrorism at the expense of civil liberties Source URL http

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/879 (2016-02-16)
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  • National Coalition Objects to Rep. King’s Latest Hearing
    Groups who signed the letter include the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and the National Council of Jewish Women They urged King to discontinue this series of hearings which undermines fundamental American values erodes trust and fuels divisiveness by casting suspicion over an entire community While past hearings featured witnesses from the law enforcement and military communities the most recent hearing s panel consisted of American Muslim doctors writers and lawyers tasked with voicing their responses to past hearings from the perspective of those who are in the words of King in the trenches people who live real lives Devon Chafee Legislative Council at the ACLU wrote in an ACLU blog post 4 that the hearings were never intended to seriously examine real threats to our national security or the empirical evidence about law enforcement approaches that make us safer The Brennan Center For Justice s Liberty and National Security Program Co Director Faiza Patel testified 5 that the hearings only served to further alienate American Muslims The best way to keep our country safe is to use facts to drive counterterrorism policy and using religiosity as an indicator of potential terrorist activity doesn t work she said The committee s Ranking member Rep Bennie Thompson D MS was skeptical about the purpose of the hearing We are holding today s hearing to discuss the effect of previous hearings I am not sure we have ever had a hearing to gauge the effects of prior hearings Thompson said Given the challenges the nation faces in homeland security I am not sure that a hearing to gauge the effects of our hearings is the most effective use of congressional time and attention Another committee member Gene Green D TX said that

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/819 (2016-02-16)
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