Developing Capacity of Countering Violent Extremism.
Girling, Michael L.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: Following every horrific terrorist attack, the question is asked of the perpetrator: why? What leads someone to such brutal violence? The next question asked to governments and communities is: could they have been stopped? The field of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) was borne as... read morean attempt to, in part, answer these questions. Protective security measures, deterrence and attack plot disruption can only do so much. Before those counter-terrorism measures take effect, CVE aims to prevent people wanting to engage in violence in the first place. This is not easy. Governments and communities around the world continue to grapple with the inherent challenges of this work. The encapsulation of these efforts as a field of practice, denoted as ‘CVE’, is recognition of the added importance of this focus on prevention. Despite this increased prominence, the concept remains poorly understood, its usefulness in doubt. This paper examines the meaning and purpose of CVE and seeks to offers guidance on how governments and communities can work together to develop CVE capabilities.read less