CVE Done Right

As part of the Brookings’ election series, Robert McKenzie has a great piece up on an effective counter-extremism policy.

Loved this point:

It is difficult to design an effective policy when there is little consensus on what it means or what it constitutes. Consequently, CVE policy and efforts are mostly designed and funded on the basis of anecdotal evidence, with unknown results.

Not to beat a drum on this, but we badly need a better empirical understanding of what’s going on, both in terms of what drives individuals to violence and what the most effective interventions are. Partly that means more funding for independent CVE research, but it also means greater coordination of existing programs and analysis.

One last point I loved about Bobby’s piece: I actually learned a lot. I follow the space pretty closely, but even I wasn’t aware of some the resources and programs he mentioned.