Over the past few years the idea of countering violent extremism (CVE) has become part of the lexicon when discussing issues related to terrorism. But contrary to popular misunderstanding, CVE is neither a replacement to counterterrorism (CT) efforts nor a way for the US government to spy on citizens. Rather, CVE is a complement to CT and has become all the more relevant in the aftermath of the Boston bombings and the Islamic State and other jihadi groups’ recruitment of unprecedented numbers of Americans to fight abroad.
Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Rena and Sami David Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. His research focuses on Sunni jihadis in the Arab world, with a particular focus on Syria, Libya, and Tunisia. He is also a PhD candidate at King’s College of London where his dissertation is on the history of the Tunisian jihadi movement. Zelin is the founder of Jihadology.net.
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