Combating Extremism through Civil Society

Combating Extremism through Civil Society is a major research area of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative. The question of what governments and societies should do to challenge and reduce the appeal of political extremism has come to the fore in recent years. Many fear that radicalized groups and individuals seek to exploit open societies and democratic institutions in the West and in Muslim-majority countries to gain popularity and power. The potential success of these groups poses considerable social, political, and security concerns around the world. The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative is examining a variety of related topics, including ways in which recruitment into extremism can be interrupted, the effectiveness of deradicalization programs, and the role of education and civil society in curbing extremism and offering attractive, alternative narratives to young people.

Please see below for relevant publications.

U.K. and U.S. Approaches to Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities and the Internet--Closing Remarks

Speaker: Steven Simon
Presider: James M. Lindsay

Closing Remarks at a Council On Foreign Relations Symposium.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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"Reaching Out" -- Promoting Community Engagement

Speakers: Ed Husain, Suhail Khan, Munira Mirza, and Abdal Ullah
Presider: Craig Whitlock

Experts discuss the importance of an organic and systemic relationship between the different sects of the Muslim community and governments in order to combat radicalization.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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A New Approach to Counter-Radicalization

Speaker: Pauline Neville-Jones
Presider: James M. Lindsay

Pauline Neville-Jones, minister of state for security and counterterrorism in the United Kingdom, discusses the common problems Western countries face with countering Islamic radicalization and the need to reinforce the idea that democratic freedoms and Islam are companions and not opponents.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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“Reaching Out” – Promoting Community Engagement (Audio)

Speakers: Ed Husain, Suhail Khan, Munira Mirza, and Abdal Ullah
Presider: Craig Whitlock

Experts discuss the importance of an organic and systemic relationship between the different sects of the Muslim community and governments in order to combat radicalization.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

See more in United Kingdom; Terrorism

Reaching Out--Promoting Community Engagement

Speakers: Ed Husain, Suhail Khan, Munira Mirza, and Abdal Ullah
Presider: Craig Whitlock

Experts discuss the importance of an organic and systemic relationship between the different sects of the Muslim community and governments in order to combat radicalization.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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Community Partnerships to Counter Violent Extremism

Speaker: Jane Holl Lute
Presider: Bruce Hoffman

Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provided a U.S. administration perspective on efforts to disrupt violent extremism, and discussed best practices in counter radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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“Community Partnerships to Counter Violent Extremism" (Audio)

Speaker: Jane Holl Lute
Presider: Bruce Hoffman

Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provided a U.S. administration perspective on efforts to disrupt violent extremism, and discussed best practices in counter radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

See more in United Kingdom; Radicalization and Extremism; Counterterrorism

A New Approach to Counter-Radicalization

Speaker: Pauline Neville-Jones
Presider: James M. Lindsay

Pauline Neville-Jones, minister of state for security and counterterrorism in the United Kingdom, discusses the common problems Western countries face with countering Islamic radicalization and the need to reinforce the idea that democratic freedoms and Islam are companions and not opponents.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

See more in United Kingdom; Radicalization and Extremism; Counterterrorism

Community Partnerships to Counter Violent Extremism

Speaker: Jane Holl Lute
Presider: Bruce Hoffman

Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provided a U.S. administration perspective on efforts to disrupt violent extremism, and discussed best practices in counter radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

See more in United Kingdom; Radicalization and Extremism; Counterterrorism