Paper Launch – Reviewing the Evidence Base for P/CVE Communications

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This webinar provides insight into the role communication-based interventions play in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).

Over the past two years, RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group has conducted extensive research on the effectiveness of global preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) interventions. The Prevention Project aims to analyse P/CVE interventions, looking at ‘what can and what has not worked’.

The third webinar in this series provides insights into the role communication-based interventions play in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Prevention is a vital pillar of counterterrorism (CT) strategies across the globe. Yet despite nearly 20 years of preventive initiatives, this issue continues to be highly politicised and contested. To help address this, RUSI has launched The Prevention Project, a series of literature reviews drawing on over 500 documents – from academic studies to programme evaluations and policy briefs – to interrogate the available P/CVE evidence base across different contexts. As part of the Prevention Project, the Terrorism and Conflict Research Group has completed a study assessing the knowledge base of P/CVE communications-based activities. These were amongst the most prolific interventions explored in the literature and have become a staple feature of preventive programming and wider-policy making. However, they are not without their challenges. Interrogating the available evidence, the paper identifies and analyses some of these problems and shortcomings, alongside more promising approaches, to understand the field’s current disposition, and how it can potentially move forward. 

This webinar focuses on what can work (and what has not worked) in P/CVE Communications. The author, Michael Jones, will give an overview of the paper’s main conclusions, followed by presentations of academics and practitioners working in the field of P/CVE communications.


Dr Kate Ferguson, Co-Executive Director and Head of Research and Policy at Protective Approaches

Priyank Mathur, Chief Executive Office of Mythos Labs

Micah Clark, Director of Product at Moonshot CVE

Michael Jones, Research Fellow in Terrorism and Conflict at RUSI

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