The clear threat of right-wing extremism demonstrates the need for a broad-based approach to CVE.
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Social media companies should develop emergency protocols to counter the exploitation by malign agents and states that seek to foment violence.
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.
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.
Brian Maiorana was arrested on Nov. 10 for making threatening interstate communications.
The Anti-Defamation League’s monitoring of extremist groups suggests that election-motivated violence could yield more domestic terrorism threats, which if fully realized, could pose a threat to ensuring free and fair elections.
Other agencies can better promote CVE initiatives by building bridges to communities and taking a less security-focused approach.
Emerging trends in terrorist attacks will present new challenges for agencies working to prevent them.
As protests sweep across the U.S., policymakers and law enforcement should keep a careful eye on whether white supremacists work to accelerate civil disorder.