To answer that question, the folks over at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) are offering a new, 3-module, 4-hour course. Intended primarily for civic actors--law enforcement officers, school officials, and community leaders--this course is also available for regular folks who are interested in gaining a better understanding of how to prevent radicalization to domestic violence and violent extremism in the United States.
- foundational aspects of this field of study (definitions, typologies, and data); and,
- more nuanced aspects (differentiating between counterterrorism and counter violent extremism, the role of resilience, and barriers to successful community engagement).
- recall and understand research-based information about violent extremism in the United States and a social science theory of radicalization to violence
- understand the Diminishing Opportunities for Violent Extremism model of building protective resources for resilience to violent extremism;
- identify protective resources; and,
- recognize and describe real-world examples of initiatives along the CVE spectrum of revention and engagement, intervention, interdiction, and rehabilitation and reintegration.
START's Executive Director, William Braniff, observed:
Knowing which training to trust can be difficult when dealing with highly politicized and challenging subject matter. We hope that our long relationship with empirical research on these topics, our experience teaching about violent extremism at the undergraduate and graduate levels and our close relationships with CVE practitioners has converged to create a pragmatic training product that will help individuals and organizations engage with this subject-matter with confidence.
Let the discussion begin...
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