What the Next President Needs to Know about Countering Violent Extremism

A Bangladeshi student apparently “inspired by al-Qa’ida,” was arrested last week by the FBI for planning to set off a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “It is disturbing, but not surprising, that there continues to be a supply of these radicalized individuals around the world who have a strong desire to kill Americans,” said Duke University Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy David Schanzer.

How should we respond? Should blanket surveillance programs be ended? How should informants be regulated? Should community policing be increased?

Schanzer, who also heads the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, has a new policy brief out today on countering violent extremism in the U.S.  He believes that “al-Qaida-inspired terrorism continues to be a threat that will require vigilance for the foreseeable future” but that the threat can be managed effectively.

Schanzer will offer his recommendations for the next administration, and discuss his paper The Way Forward on Combating al-Qa'ida-Inspired Extremism: Suggestions for the Next Administration with a panel of experts on October 25 in Washington, DC., including Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network; Haris Tarin, Director of the Washington DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Shireen Zaman, Executive Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 

The event, "What the Next President Needs to Know About Countering Violent Extremism," will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Duke center in Washington. 

Click here for details on how to attend the event in DC.

Schanzer is also the principal investigator on a new project – “Community Policing Strategies To Counter Violent Extremism” – funded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S Department of Justice. This two-year project will survey law enforcement agencies across the country to determine how they perceive the threat of violent extremism and what strategies they are deploying to address it in their communities.  He will partner on this project with Charles Kurzman, (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), Jessica Toliver and Bruce Kubu (Police Executive Research Forum), and Ebrahim Moosa (Duke University).

The paper was produced by The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, the Duke University Islamic Studies Center,ISLAMiCommentary, and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security