Editor’s Note: Programs to counter violent extremism (CVE) are often focused on established communities in the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world. However, refugees are among the most at-risk communities, often trapped in a world of violence and despair. Maira Seeley of Princeton University examines the risk of radicalization for refugee populations and finds that they have different needs for CVE programs than their host communities. She lays out a series of recommendations on how to design CVE better for the millions of refugees from the Syrian civil war.
Maira Seeley is a graduate student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She previously worked on conflict mitigation during the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and received her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.
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