The Rita Hauser Annual Event

UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation held a day-long symposium on April 1, 2011 on the issue of Islamist radicalization, titled UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet. The symposium, held at CFR's office in Washington, DC, aimed to bring together leading officials and experts from the United Kingdom and the United States to take stock, exchange best practices, and develop fresh ideas for tackling some of the most important issues in the current debate. Videos from the symposium can be viewed below. This symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation.

Session 1: A New Approach to Counter-Radicalization


Pauline Neville-Jones discussed with James M. Lindsay 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.

Session 2: Intelligence and Counter-Radicalization


Charles Allen, William J. Bratton, and Peter Clarke compared and contrasted the linkages between intelligence and law enforcement in the U.S. and the U.K., and generally discussed with Dina Temple-Raston c how violent extremism has changed the business of intelligence

Session 3: Community Partnerships to Counter Violent Extremism


Jane Holl Lute provided a U.S. administration perspective on efforts to disrupt violent extremism and discussed with Bruce Hoffman best practices in counter radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Session 4: "Reaching Out” – Promoting Community Engagement


Ed Husain, Suhail Khan, Munira Mirza, and  Abdal Ullah discuss with Craig Whitlock the importance of an organic and systemic relationship between the different sects of the Muslim community and governments in order to combat radicalization.