January-February 2016  |  Vol 28:Issue 1

Will CVE work where CT has failed?

The emergence of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) agenda is a global phenomenon and arguably points to the realization that conventional Counter Terrorism (CT) efforts have exhausted their potential. A key mantra in the discourse on CVE and the justification for regarding it as a seismic shift in the effort against terrorism is its supposed emphasis on the ‘drivers’ or ‘root causes’ of terrorism. The emphasis on root causes is in many ways a case of ‘re-inventing the wheel’. Even today, very little is understood about the precise linkages between root causes and radicalization in the long run, and it is not all clear that these factors inevitably lead to radicalization. The articles in this issue address different aspects of the problem of terrorism in the Horn in general and CVE as an emerging approach. 

Countering violent extremism: Challenges in policy and practice

By Tuemay Aregawi Desta

CVE has now become the primary focus of intergovernmental organizations such as the European Union and donor countries. CVE has not replaced the entirety of CT measures but should be rather understood as a subset of the fight against terrorism focusing on 'soft' and grassroots approaches engaging communities and civil society organizations that the GWOT had previously overlooked. continue reading


Violent extremism in the Horn: Regional dynamics and public opinion

By Rorisang Lekalake,Stephen Buchanan-Clarke

Public opinion data provide important insights into the impact of violent extremism on ordinary citizens by presenting the prevailing attitudes, evaluations, and policy preferences in a given country. continue reading



More in this issue

A community-based approach to increasing the peace in Nairobi’s informal settlements

By Selline Korir


Radicalization of children and youth in Kenya: A new challenge to child protection

By Ayalew Getachew


Embedding policies on community tension monitoring

By George Kut

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Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume Volume 28, No. Issue 1 , January-February 2016

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