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  • Charity & Security Network
    Facilitating Dialogue USIP s Work in Conflict Zones presents seven case studies of facilitated dialogue efforts in Iraq Kosovo Israel Palestine Colombia Nigeria and Nepal Covering a variety of conflict situations and peacemaking efforts the cases tell stories of peacebuilding successes efforts in progress limitations on what can be achieved and lessons learned Read more about Bringing Peace Through Facilitated Dialogue Peacebuilding 2 0 Managing Complexity and Working Across Silos Date September 24 2012 This year s Alliance for Peacebuilding conference focused on complexity and new models for peacebuilding that work across disciplines in chaotic fragile environments With three consecutive days of programming and events over two hundred AfP members and participants came together to discuss complexity and new models for peacebuilding that work across disciplines in chaotic fragile environments Watch video of the Opening Plenary and Keynote Address by Ambassador Rick Barton Read more about Peacebuilding 2 0 Managing Complexity and Working Across Silos Peacebuilding 2 0 Managing Complexity and Working Across Silos Date September 24 2012 This year s Alliance for Peacebuilding conference focused on complexity and new models for peacebuilding that work across disciplines in chaotic fragile environments With three consecutive days of programming and events over two hundred AfP members and participants came together to discuss complexity and new models for peacebuilding that work across disciplines in chaotic fragile environments Watch video of the Opening Plenary and Keynote Address by Ambassador Rick Barton Read more about Peacebuilding 2 0 Managing Complexity and Working Across Silos UN Calls for More Mediation Inclusion to Resolve Armed Conflicts Date September 19 2012 Expanding the role of mediation by the United Nations and its global partners to prevent manage and resolve armed conflicts is essential the UN Secretary General told the General Assembly on Sept 13 2012 Secretary General Ban Ki moon stressed that mediation is not the exclusive domain of the UN as countries and non governmental organizations NGOs provide unique skills and capabilities in resolving conflicts around the world Two days later the General Assembly unanimously adopted a report on strengthening the role of conflict mediation in ending violent disputes Read more about UN Calls for More Mediation Inclusion to Resolve Armed Conflicts Geneva Call Engaging with Non State Armed Groups Date June 29 2012 Geneva Call works with armed non State actors ANSAs to respect the humanitarian norms of international humanitarian law IHL and human rights law IHRL For example its Deed of Commitment on landmines is an internationally recognized mechanism through which 41 ANSAs have signed on to ban the use of mines and to cooperate in humanitarian mine action activities The organization is now expanding its advocacy work with ANSAs to protect women and children in situations of armed conflict Writing on Harvard s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research HPCR website Jonathan Somer a Programme Coordinator on Children and non State Actors with Geneva Call explains how through engagement ANSAs are able to take ownership of these obligations and improve the lives of

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    by armed groups and the strategies that they might adopt to delay avoid or manipulate the DDR program Intended for non state actors such as the UN and conflict mediators from nongovernmental organizations NGOs Managing Fighting Forces DDR in Peace Processes lays out eight detailed steps that mediators can take to establish appropriate linkages between DDR and other aspects of a peace process This volume is the ninth in USIP s Peacemaker s Toolkit series Read more about Laying the Groundwork for Disarmament Demobilization Report EU Counterterrism Measures Impede Peacebuilding Date May 3 2011 A 2011 report from Berghof Peace Support and Conciliation Resources about the impact of EU counter terrorism legislation on EU supported peace processes finds the effects of EU proscription designation have been harmful It has reduced European mediators credibility and perceived neutrality with some conflict parties and has had counter productive impacts on armed groups willingness to abandon the use of violence Read more Read more about Report EU Counterterrism Measures Impede Peacebuilding Report Terrorist Lists Impede Peace Process Date December 12 2011 A November 2011 report from Berghof Conflict Research finds terror blacklists often interfere or conflict with efforts to find a peaceful solution to armed conflict The inconsistent application of terrorist designations by the government blur the distinction between legal and unlawful political activism and encourages state repression of unarmed dissidents Anti terrorist policies also shrink the space for international peace facilitation by criminalizing civil society mediation and negotiation efforts Anti Terror Legislation Impediments to Conflict Transformation offers a range of recommendations to reform the terrorist listing process including the development of more transparent listing regimes and carving out protected space for peacebuilders to do their craft without fear of prosecution Read more about Report Terrorist Lists Impede Peace Process Report Terrorist Lists Impede Peace Process Date December 12 2011 A November 2011 report from Berghof Conflict Research finds terror blacklists often interfere or conflict with efforts to find a peaceful solution to armed conflict The inconsistent application of terrorist designations by the government blur the distinction between legal and unlawful political activism and encourages state repression of unarmed dissidents Anti terrorist policies also shrink the space for international peace facilitation by criminalizing civil society mediation and negotiation efforts Anti Terror Legislation Impediments to Conflict Transformation offers a range of recommendations to reform the terrorist listing process including the development of more transparent listing regimes and carving out protected space for peacebuilders to do their craft without fear of prosecution Read more about Report Terrorist Lists Impede Peace Process Why Talking Peace is Essential and Why it is Threatened Date October 28 2011 Author Bill Richardson Melanie Greenberg and Derek Brown Mediating between warring parties has never been an easy task History shows that the odds are stacked against such efforts Academics who study the field of conflict resolution argue about whether more conflicts are ended by military victory or non violent negotiation the record is mixed but the prevalence of prolonged violent conflict

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    the court ruled 6 3 that U S organizations and citizens teaching nonviolent methods of conflict resolution toward sanctioned terrorist groups could face criminal charges Read more about Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Peaceful Conflict Resolution Support To Terrorist Groups Peacebuilding Toolkit Offers Practical Advice for Mediators Date May 17 2010 Read more about Peacebuilding Toolkit Offers Practical Advice for Mediators Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in HLP Case February 23 2010 Date January 19 2010 The Supreme Court has scheduled a one hour oral argument in Holder v Humanitarian Law Project for Tuesday Feb 23 2010 at 10 a m The question before the court is the constitutionality of material support statute when applied to the Humanitarian Law Project s non criminal activity Read more about Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in HLP Case February 23 2010 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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

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  • Countering Violent Extremism Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Countering Terrorism Two Capitol Hill Events Spotlight Relationship Between Muslims and Law Enforcement QDDR Outlines Strategy for State Department and USAID 2010 House Haring Raises Issue of Countering Violent Messages on Extremist Websites Clinton Calls for Addressing Root Cause of Terrorism US Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Extremism Witnesses at House Hearing Contend that Profiling is Counterproductive Flawed Theories on Violent Extremism Lead to Bad Policy Key Counterterrorism Official Discusses Civil Liberty Violations Plea to Senate Military Cannot Counter Extremism Alone Resources Countering Violent Extremism Related Legislation in the 111th Congress Countering Violent Extremism Related Legislation in the 110th Congress Council of Foreign Relations Polls Show Americans Favor Humanitarian Aid to Combat Terrorism Obama s Policy on Development March 2010 House Hearing Focuses on How Communities Disrupt Terror Plots Excerpts from State Dept s Coordinator on Counterterrorism Jan 2010 speech Reports Report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming Cordaid Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia Report Focus on Human Security Best Way to Counter Terrorism CRS White House s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism Two Reports Homegrown Terror Threat Exaggerated Terrorist Trial Report Card 2001 2010 Community Groups Need to Play Larger Role in the National Strategy to Counter Violent Messaging 2011 Radicalization Theories are Misguided 2011 UN Calls for Review of all Counterterror Measures 2011 FBI Investigative Powers Too Broad 2010 Policing Not Enough to Stop Homegrown Terrorism 2010 CRS on Combating Domestic Terrorism 2010 Anti Terror Lessons from Muslim Americans 2009 Forging Effective Couterterror Enterprise Between Muslims and Law Enforcement 2009 Charities Help Not Hinder War on Terror 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

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  • State Department Official Calls for Civil Society Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism | Charity & Security Network
    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 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 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

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  • Cordaid Offers Civil Society’s Perspective at UN Counterterrorism Event | Charity & Security Network
    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 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 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 and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict GPPAC and advocates for broad participation among divergent sectors communities and stakeholders to reach peaceful and long term solutions to conflicts in places like Colombia or Mali Human security is about the dignity of human beings in situations of conflict and extreme violence It is about being including in dialogues

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  • UN Representatives Examine Ways to Counter Violent Extremism | Charity & Security Network
    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 extremists she explained Naureen Chowdhury Fink senior analyst at the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation opened the conversation by examining so called path to radicalization theories She said We don t know exactly what prompts an individual to support violent extremist ideas but we do know that the drivers of radicalization are complex and multifaceted There are both push and pull factors that drive extremism according to Fink Push factors include inequality lack of access to justice and civil rights repressive regimes unresolved conflicts and marginalization Pull factors include the appeal of ideology a charismatic leader peer pressure and appealing social networks Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support

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  • Intelligence Director Issues Directive on Civil Liberties and Privacy | Charity & Security Network
    civil liberties and according Steven Aftergood 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 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 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 grants the IC greater powers to wage war against terrorism at the expense of civil liberties 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

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