Bennett Clifford

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Bennett Clifford is a Research Fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism. He studies violent extremist movements and organizations in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Balkans, and supporters of extremist groups in the United States.

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Countering Violent Extremism

An Abridged History of America’s Terrorism Prevention Programs: Opposition Grows, Supporters Adapt

As the U.S. government faces downsizing in both its terrorism prevention staff and congressional funding, a quiet shift has begun at the local level. The future of CVE programs will be determined by state-level and city initiatives.

Countering Violent Extremism

An Abridged History of America’s Terrorism Prevention Programs: Fits and Starts

There is an ongoing debate within policy circles on when and where countering violent extremism programs began in the U.S. There is, however, little debate on whether the strategy has been implemented effectively. By every objective measure, it has not.

Detention

Sixteen-Year-Old American Islamic State Fighter Reportedly Captured in Syria

On Jan. 9, the People’s Defense Units (YPG) announced the capture of eight individuals, ostensibly foreign fighters for the Islamic State, in a series of operations conducted by the group near the town of Deir-ez-Zor in eastern Syria. Reportedly among the captured are fighters from seven different countries.