What is it about?
In August 2011, international recruitment to terrorist groups became a growing concern for the United States. The Obama administration started a public–private partnership pilot program focused on countering violent extremism (CVE) in the United States. This program was the first of its kind. It directly addressed the administration’s concern about domestic violent extremism and radicalization in the United States. The Twin Cities’ program, Building Community Resilience, focused primarily on prevention of radicalization through a community and government partnership. This article analyzes tensions between government-sanctioned CVE approaches and the communities where programs are implemented. Until the article was published, research and analysis had not been performed on this specific program from a community perspective.
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Why is it important?
This research was conducted through a peacebuilding lens to see how the community members of the Twin Cities perceived the U.S. pilot countering violent extremism (CVE) program implementation. The program, Building Community Resilience, intended to focus primarily on the prevention of radicalization through a community and government partnership. However, the community perspectives were split on the effectiveness of this initiative. This article analyzes tensions between government-sanctioned CVE approaches and the communities where programs are implemented.
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This page is a summary of: Building Community Resilience? Community Perspectives of the Countering Violent Extremism Pilot Program in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, October 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1057610x.2018.1514054.
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Society for Terrorism Research 11th Annual International Conference: Emerging Threats and Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
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