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Countering Violent Extremism: Applying the Public Health Model

Countering Violent Extremism: Applying the Public Health Model


Countering violent extremism (CVE) has become an increasingly important pillar of national security policy in the United States and was even highlighted in the 2015 National Security Strategy as “more important than our capacity to remove terrorists from the battlefield”. However, CVE is an evolving concept for both policymakers and practitioners alike. Part of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, the National Security Critical Issues Task Force (NSCITF) produced this report to provide a comprehensive framework to better conceptualize and implement of CVE. The NSCITF’s framework for CVE is based on the public health model, which categorizes prevention into primary, secondary, and tertiary activities. Using the public health model for CVE, the United States Government (USG) and its partners would be better able to define the CVE mission, assign responsibilities for its implementation, and engage effectively in combined action for its execution.

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Challgren, Jonathan, Ten Kenyon, Lauren Kervick, Sally Scudder, Micah Walters, Kate Whitehead, Jeffrey Connor, and Carol Rollie Flynn. 2016. "Countering Violent Extremism: Applying the Public Health Model." Georgetown Security Studies Review (October): 1-38. http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NSCITF-Report-on-Countering-Violent-Extremism.pdf

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