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  • State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR | Charity & Security Network
    State Department is the lead agency implementing the action agenda agreed to at the recent White House Summit The QDDR states that it will use analytics to identify the specific conditions that are conducive to violent extremism but did not go into specifics on the types of data or analyses to be used The Department will then tailor its approaches to empowering national and local governments youth and women religious cultural and education leaders and other concerned civil society actors as well as the private sector while weakening support for armed groups by using counter extremist messages and narratives in both traditional and social media USAID will play a bigger role in CVE as it partners with donors to implement Civil Society Innovation Initiatives which were announced in 2014 as part of the administration s Stand with Civil Society agenda The goal is to establish up to six networked regional innovation hubs worldwide over the next two years In addition a new Secretariat on CVE within USAID will support analysis program design and lessons learned In outlining its strategies for both CVE as well as promoting open and democratic societies the QDDR emphasizes the importance of supporting civil society and push ing back against expanding restraints on freedom of association and assembly While this is a laudable goal it does not entirely address the problems that civil society organizations face as it is clear that the U S views the problem as stemming from foreign actors rather than our own laws and policy We will apply diplomatic pressure to encourage governments and institutions to respect fundamental freedoms and remove restrictions on civil society while also undertaking programs supporting civil society the report states For the U S to effectively take global leadership on the issue of strengthening civil society it

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/CVE_Highlighted_in_Second_QDDR (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Injustices, Not Economics, Drive Youth Recruitment in Armed Groups | Charity & Security Network
    according to a new report by Mercy Corps Youth Consequences Unemployment Injustice and Violence According to the report a growing body of evidence finds no relationship between unemployment and young people s willingness to engage in or support political violence Instead recruitment is driven by factors such as discrimination corruption normalized violence and poor governance Furthermore supply side vocational training risks raising expectations that cannot be satisfied and aggravating perceptions of unfairness especially where programs fail to target the most marginalized are manipulated by local elites or increase vocational skills rather than the supply of jobs Read the full report 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 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1292 (2016-02-16)
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  • Could New Laws to Fight Terrorism Actually Help Fuel It? | Charity & Security Network
    ISIS Cortright says While these laws have a purported purpose of improving national security there is a risk that punitive measures that widen police and intelligence powers will have limited utility and narrow the political freedoms and human rights protections that many in these societies consider essential More significantly they could prove counterproductive to fighting terrorism by increasing the marginalization of communities The blog also notes the counterproductive impact on civil society and the role it mig t otherwise be able to play in building human security Cortrights says Restrictive measures adopted in the name of counterterrorism can have the effect of hindering civil society efforts to overcome the conditions that give rise to terrorism Yet restrictions on charitable funding barriers to dialogue with radicalized communities and the weakening of human rights protections make this work more difficult as noted in the Friend not Foe report for the Dutch development agency Cordaid 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/resource/cortright_blog_laws_fuel_terror (2016-02-16)
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    Conflict takes aim at UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon s new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism In it she identifies three fatal flaws including its failure to define violent extremism its lack of convincing evidence of the causes or drivers of violent extremism and its prescription for a host of programmatic political and institutional actions with significant implications Read the blog here Read more about CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan In a new blog Charity Security Network advisory board member Naz Modirzadeh founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict takes aim at UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon s new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism In it she identifies three fatal flaws including its failure to define violent extremism its lack of convincing evidence of the causes or drivers of violent extremism and its prescription for a host of programmatic political and institutional actions with significant implications Read the blog here Read more about CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism Date February 8 2016 Author External Link In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights more than 50 organizations including the Charity Security Network raise serious concerns about the UN s plans for preventing violent extremism PVE including a resolution and an upcoming panel on human rights and preventing and countering violent extremism at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council Read more about C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism To Increase Peace Tackle Corruption Report States Date May 11 2015 Improvements in peace are ultimately dependent on decreases in corruption concludes a new report by the Institute for Economics Peace Peace and Corruption 2015 Although the report found that keeping corruption under control is essential for building and maintaining peaceful societies there is no indication of the causal relationship between peace and corruption Read more about To Increase Peace Tackle Corruption Report States CRS Report on White House s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism Date June 12 2012 A May 2012 Congressional Research Services CRS report examines the Obama Administration s domestic countering violent extremism CVE strategy Announced in August 2011 the strategy was further outlined in the White House s Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States SIP The SIP s three objectives involve 1 enhancing federal community engagement efforts related to CVE 2 developing greater government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism and 3 countering violent extremist propaganda Read more about CRS Report on White House s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia Date March 25 2013 The inspiring stories of six Indonesian women and their grassroots level

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Countering%20Violent%20Extremism?type=All (2016-02-16)
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  • Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia | Charity & Security Network
    contributions to countering violent extremism are highlighted in a March 2013 report Written by Frank van Lierde and distributed by the Dutch development agency Cordaid and the Human Security Collective Looking for that Other Face contains stories about women who are a bridge to as well as a defense against puritanical and radical groups in the largest Muslim country of the world With their steadfast faith and rejection of violent and repressive ideology these women serve as a pillar of strength in combating violence in their communities and communicating values to young people that encompass human security the report says 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 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/993 (2016-02-16)
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  • 2012 Global Terrorism Index: At a Glance | Charity & Security Network
    GTI Over 90 percent of the 17 000 attacks carried out by the 52 foreign terrorist groups identified by the State Department as posing the greatest threat to U S security were domestic attacks This means that groups located in for example Pakistan were far more likely to use terrorist violence against non American targets in Pakistan than they were to attack U S targets in Pakistan or to attack the U S homeland Over the period 2002 2011 terrorists were most likely to target non military persons including aid workers and private citizens Military installations and personnel were only targeted in 4 percent of incidents Incidents of terrorism correlate in countries with low political stability human rights violations and with high levels of perceived grievances among vulnerable communities Countries that are more compliant with international human rights obligations score better on the GTI Terrorist attacks are highly concentrated in a relatively few places the top ten countries in terms of terrorist attacks account for nearly half of all terrorist activities in the world since 1970 Ten percent of the world s countries account for 75 of the world s terrorist attacks Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/2012_Global_Terrorism_Index (2016-02-16)
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  • Two New Reports on the Exaggerated Homegrown Terror Threat | Charity & Security Network
    Policy categorized the demographics of persons suspected of having ties to terrorist activity over the last few years and concluded that no one all encompassing profile can be made of the individuals and calls for the safeguarding against the development of incorrect stereotypes that might hamper threat detection A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized says a new report from the North Carolina based Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security With plots and arrests dropping sharply in recent years the report calls terrorism by Muslim Americans a minuscule threat to public safety 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 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/714 (2016-02-16)
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  • Congressional Hearing Puts Spotlight on Global Cooperation to Counter Terrorism | Charity & Security Network
    done and how we can further collaborate ever more effectively he added In his written testimony Benjamin highlighted the adoption of the 2010 Declaration on Counterterrorism between the U S and European Union EU as a joint commitment to forge a durable framework to counter terrorism within the rule of law He also identified civil society groups as a key contributor in countering violent extremism T he 2010 Declaration acknowledged the important role of civil society to help isolate terrorism as well as the importance of addressing legitimate concerns of minorities and individuals regarding civil rights and civil liberties Benjamin said the key to CVE is to diminish the drivers of radicalization that leads to violence and demonstrably reduce the effectiveness of terrorist propaganda To that end he said his office at the State Department uses a three pronged approach to reduce terrorist recruitment Delegitimize the violent extremist narrative to diminish its appeal Develop alternatives for youth who are susceptible to the terrorist narrative Build partner capacity to carry out these activities Benjamin called attention to a project between the State Department the Dutch government and the International Center for Counterterrorism a Dutch NGO The project aims to provide a multilateral platform for policymakers and practitioners for sharing and comparing lessons and best practices for rehabilitation and disengagement programs Also speaking at the hearing was Mark Koumans Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security He addressed concerns several European partners have expressed about the collection and storage of personal data by the U S B oth DHS and the United States government as a whole share a strong commitment to protecting individual privacy and civil liberties including in the context of homeland security programs Koumans said The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on

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