The globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism policies: Undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society


Author(s): Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes

The globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies is the most significant development in counterterrorism policy in the last decade. This report begins by examining the origins and proliferation of CVE policies and the problems that have accompanied and continue to surround their development and implementation. The authors then examine CVE policy and practice across the three aforementioned international bodies. The final sections contain conclusions and recommendations stemming from our research, including a framework we have developed to analyze the legitimacy of national CVE policies through their impact on fundamental rights and democratic and pluralist aspirations.

Some of the research for this paper has been carried out in the framework of the SOURCE (Societal Security) Network of Excellence, a research project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research).


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