Preventing Extremism in Fragile States: A New Approach

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Mar 07, 2019 | US Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States

Since 9/11, the number of terrorist attacks per year around the world has increased fivefold, and the number of self-professed Salafi-jihadist fighters has more than tripled. Salafi jihadists are now present in nineteen countries in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the Near East. In this publication, the US Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States suggests that the United States should adopt a shared framework for strategic prevention that recognizes that extremism is a political and ideological problem. They identify building partnerships with leaders, civil society, and private sector actors in fragile states who are committed to governing accountably, as the best means of preventing extremism. The report outlines a strategy that represents the insights of fifteen former policymakers, legislators, and other experts from both Democratic and Republican parties on how to empower fragile states to resist extremism.


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