Efforts to Prevent or Counter Violent Extremism-What Works and What Doesn’t?

08 Sep 2020

One of the most important lessons of the last two decades is that military and security-focused operations – in isolation – do not end terrorist movements. Efforts to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) have therefore become an intrinsic component of many countries’ counter terrorism policies and approaches.

Yet, there is limited empirical evidence on these P/CVE efforts. Consensus about the effectiveness and impact of CVE interventions is weak due to a range of conceptual, methodological and practical issues which constrain analysis of success and impact. Interventions often rely on assumptions that seem intuitive but lack any substantive evidence. Despite the global proliferation of P/CVE, do we really know whether these programmes are working?

At a time when the UK is conducting an independent review of its Prevent programme, Emily Winterbotham will present the results of research which aim to answer the question: what works (and what doesn’t) in P/CVE and what are the implications for the broader CT field.

Emily Winterbotham, Director Research Group on Terrorism and Conflict - RUSI

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