Breakfast Briefing: What Works (and What Doesn’t) in Efforts to Prevent or Counter Violent Extremism?

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One of the most important lessons of the last two decades is that military and security-focused operations – in isolation – do not end terrorist movements. Efforts to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) have therefore become an intrinsic component of many countries’ counter terrorism policies and approaches.

Yet, there is limited empirical evidence on these P/CVE efforts. Consensus about the effectiveness and impact of CVE interventions is weak due to a range of conceptual, methodological and practical issues which constrain analysis of success and impact. Interventions often rely on assumptions that seem intuitive but lack any substantive evidence. Despite the global proliferation of P/CVE, do we really know whether these programmes are working?

At a time when the UK is conducting an independent review of its Prevent programme, Emily Winterbotham will present the results of research which aim to answer the question: what works (and what doesn’t) in P/CVE and what are the implications for the broader CT field.

Speaker Biography

Emily Winterbotham is Director, Terrorism and Conflict at RUSI and a Senior Research Fellow focusing on radicalisation, countering violent extremism, conflict and peacebuilding. She also has regional expertise in South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan. She has over ten year’s desk and field experience in an international policymaking environment and is a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit.

Emily is responsible for managing RUSI’s portfolio of Counter Terrorism and Vountering Violent Extremism projects including research, training, project management and monitoring and evaluation of CVE activities. In 2017 she was seconded by the UK Government to the Commonwealth Secretariat to establish the new CVE Unit. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked in Afghanistan, most recently as Political Adviser for the European Union Special Representative. From 2009 to 2011 she conducted in-depth, community-based qualitative research for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on conflict resolution and reconciliation processes, identifying best practice involved in de-radicalising, demobilising and reintegrating Taliban fighters.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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