Manal Omar, author and a vice president at the U.S. Institute for Peace, argues that to successfully counter violent extremism (CVE), practitioners need to address concerns that CVE strategies are designed only to serve Western interests. Thus, CVE programming should commit to an inclusive agenda, acknowledge an array of factors that drive individuals toward extremism, highlight the positive role faith can play in preventing violence, and establish partnerships with women and youths.
Partnering Up: How to Work with Religious Leaders to Counter Violent Extremism
MANAL OMAR is the associate vice president of the Center for the Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and an inaugural fellow with Foreign Policy Interrupted. She is the author of “Barefoot in Baghdad” (Sourcebooks, 2010) and is on the board of IREX and AltMuslimah.
Manal Omar; Partnering Up: How to Work with Religious Leaders to Counter Violent Extremism. World Policy Journal 1 December 2016; 33 (4): 73–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-3813063
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