Friday, December, 16, 2016

Reducing Violent Extremism: What Works? New America DC

Reducing Violent Extremism: What Works?
Photo: Ege Gocmen /

December 16, 2016

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005

Fifteen years into the “Global War on Terror,” the US and other governments continue to struggle to contain the threat of violent extremism. At the same time, for far too long, evidence on “what works” has evaded practitioners working on violence reduction, particularly Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and stabilization programs. As a result, billions of dollars have been spent to implement policies derived out of conventional wisdom on strategies and formulas that may reduce violence.

Please join New America for a discussion with some of the world’s leading experts on what types of foreign aid do and do not work in reducing violence and violent extremism. In what contexts does foreign assistance exacerbate violence? What types of interventions reduce support for violence? What have we learned after a decade plus of post-conflict stabilization efforts?

Follow the discussion online using #PreventingVE and following @NewAmericaISP.

Rebecca Wolfe @rebeccajwolfe
Director of Peace and Conflict, Mercy Corps

Jacob N. Shapiro
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Co-director the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University

Todd C. Helmus @Helmus
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation


Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn
Vice President, New America