Effective CVE programs need to give local governments and civil-society groups a seat at the table.
Eric Rosand is a nonresident senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings and director of “The Prevention Project: Organizing against Violent Extremism” in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served in the Obama administration as a senior counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) official in the U.S. State Department. During that time he was the policy director of the White House CVE Summit and its follow-on process and spearheaded efforts to design and launch a range of international CT and CVE initiatives, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, and the Strong Cities Network, the first-ever global platform to connect cities involved in CVE around the world. From 2006-2010 he co-directed the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (now the Global Center on Cooperative Security) in New York and served as a nonresident fellow at New York University’s Center for International Cooperation. Prior to that he served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York immediately after 9/11 and began his career as a lawyer in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. He has published widely on a range of CT and CVE topics and was a member of the 2017 Washington Institute on Near East Policy’s Bipartisan Study Group on Defeating Ideologically Inspired Violent Extremism. He is a graduate of Haverford College, Columbia Law School, and Cambridge University.
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Washington should be learning from the example set by its partners in Australia and Canada.
International NGOs campaigning against preventative approaches to violent extremism should be careful what they wish for.
President Trump has drawn much of his cabinet from the private sector. He should put them to work bringing businesses into projects to counter violent extremism.