countering violent extremism

November 2, 2017

USC professor and prolific author on his new book, As Terrorism Evolves.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday promised to help raise more than $1 billion in new funding for education in the developing world, calling schools vital in countering extremism. [...] Macron said he was working with Senegal to boost the Global Partnership for Education which brings together donors, international organizations and the private sector to expand and improve schooling around the world.

 

ISIS has made headlines with its dramatic and effective exploitation of social media, which it has used to disseminate propaganda, promote its quasi-religious ideology and recruit new members.  Other forms of violent extremism, those motivated by race, religion, and issues, are also infiltrating local communities.

YouTube says it will redirect people searching for "violent extremist propaganda" and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos "debunking its mythology".

Some conventional public diplomacy measures are not suitable for countering violent extremism (CVE) because they are mismatched against extremists’ more aggressive tactics. But this week, the U.S. State Department has taken a significant step forward by announcing that it will place greater emphasis on development aid in its CVE efforts. A joint strategy that will better coordinate State Department CVE projects with USAID should bring new substance to public diplomacy that has CVE potential.

Spring must-reads in public diplomacy scholarship, including American counter-messaging against ISIS and the contributions of PR scholars to public diplomacy.

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