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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE): A Resource Page

This resource page is intended to provide the journalists, policy-makers, and the public information about Countering Violent Extremism programs.

Published: February 12, 2015

Last updated: Octo­ber 4, 2018

In 2014, the U.S. govern­ment announced a new anti-terror­ism initi­at­ive in the United States. The program, dubbed Coun­ter­ing Viol­ent Extrem­ism (CVE), aims to deter U.S. resid­ents from join­ing “viol­ent extrem­ist” groups by bring­ing community and reli­gious lead­ers together with law enforce­ment, health profes­sion­als, teach­ers and social service employ­ees. Attor­ney General Eric Holder announced a White House CVE summit and three CVE pilot programs to begin in Boston, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles.

These programs, however, are not new. CVE programs have exis­ted for some time, often with dubi­ous results. And while purportedly aimed at root­ing out all viol­ent extrem­ism, they have previ­ously focused only on Muslims, stig­mat­iz­ing them as a suspect community. These programs have further promoted flawed theor­ies of terror­ist radic­al­iz­a­tion which lead to unne­ces­sary fear, discrim­in­a­tion, and unjus­ti­fied report­ing to law enforce­ment.

This resource page is inten­ded to provide journ­al­ists, policy-makers, and the public inform­a­tion about CVE programs so that informed decisions can be made regard­ing whether and how they should be imple­men­ted in the future.

CVE in the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion

Reli­ance on the debunked theory of radic­al­iz­a­tion:

Exploit­a­tion of community outreach for intel­li­gence purposes:

Community and Civil Liber­ties’ Groups Concerns about CVE programs:

CVE on the Inter­na­tional Front

CVE and Tech­no­logy

Schol­ar­ship ques­tion­ing the effic­acy of CVE programs:

Concerns over right-wing viol­ent radic­al­iz­a­tion:

Concerns over the FBI’s “Don’t Be a Puppet” Initi­at­ive in Schools:

Proposed frame­works for CVE pilot programs: