Posted on March 15, 2016
In 2011, the White House released the “Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.” The plan was introduced as a domestic counter-terrorism strategy in response to the recruitment efforts of organizations such as Al-Qaeda or the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This report became the foundation for the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism programs, or CVE.
CVE gained increased attention and support in 2015 after the...Read more
Over the past five years the Syrian conflict has taken a devastating toll on the Syrian people. The casualties are inherently difficult to record given the operational risks to international staff in Syria, so much so that the United Nations (UN) stopped counting the death toll after it reached 250,000. Other groups have reported death tolls between 250,000 and 470,000. The UN estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance (4.8 million of whom are trapped...Read more
In the wake of 9/11, Congress rushed to pass a wave of national security legislation that has since been used to conduct mass surveillance of American citizens’ phone and internet data. Since then, Congress and the public have learned how the authorities granted in those laws have been used in ways that Congress never intended or foresaw, and that represent a massive expansion of the government’s surveillance of U.S. persons. Unfortunately, the conversation about reforming those important pieces...Read more
Civil liberties are personal freedoms granted to all United States citizens by the U.S. Constitution; these include freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, right to privacy, right to a fair trial, and equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, these rights are not always applied equally and consistently. This is especially the case with minority and immigrant communities. Individuals within these population subsets are subject to arbitrary profiling and unlawful surveillance...Read more
Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry challenges the diversity of American culture and society, proliferates misinformation and stereotypes, fosters hostility- in some cases violence, and stigmatizes an entire community. We understand today’s anti-Muslim bigotry as partly rooted in anti-Arab bigotry, which classifies individuals based on their national origin and political views. What began as xenophobia directed at individuals with origins in the Middle East morphed into anti-Islamic sentiment that targets an entire faith. Polling conducted by...Read more
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s long-held prominence in the international community has been overshadowed by a myriad of crises that are redefining the regional balance in the Middle East. Those crises include the Iran nuclear deal and its reception by leery Gulf Arab states, the war in Syria, and the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). All the while, many parts of the long-held status quo and facts on the ground have changed for...Read more