Talene Bilazarian

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Talene Bilazarian is a DPhil candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her current work focuses on the local delivery of countering violent extremism initiatives in US and UK cities. She has presented her work at the UK Home Office and the US Embassy in London and was involved in the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Engaging the "Not-Yet-Guilty" in the Fight against Terrorism

Editor's Note: Countering violent extremism (CVE) is a perfect sound bite, a magic wand to solve terrorism before it happens. Yet many programs initiated in the name of CVE are poorly designed, and some even make the problem worse. Talene Bilazarian, who is doing deep research on CVE programs at Oxford, looks at the UK experience as well as programs like the one in Montgomery County, Maryland and finds that, if CVE programs are properly tailored and implemented, they can help communities fight terrorism.

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