The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policy

Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Conference Room 6, United Nations Building, New York, New York 10017, United States
Launch Event

Following a series of European launches, Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes will present their report "The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism policy: undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society" at the United Nations in New York. Arun and Ben will be joined by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, who provided a foreword to the report, and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of United Nations General Assembly (tbc).

The report, which was based in part on research conducted by Ben Hayes in the framework of the SOURCE project, investigates whether policies designed to tackle terrorism in more intelligent and holistic ways lead to new challenges in upholding human rights and protecting civil society.

In the early 2000s, a new form of counterterrorism policy - Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) - emerged, pioneered first in Europe before spreading to the rest of the world. Within a decade, as policies were copied from one state to the next and taken up by the European Union, United Nations, and a host of other international fora, CVE was globalized. From Finland to the Philippines, CVE policies have been presented as the smarter and more liberal approach to countering terrorism than the crude and inflammatory “war on terror.”

At this New York launch event for the report, the adoption of CVE by policymakers within international institutions will be analyzed and assessed from a human rights perspective.

The event is organized by the Brennan Centre, the Transnational Institute and the SOURCE Societal Security Network.


María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of United Nations General Assembly (tbc)

Ben Hayes, Transnational Institute and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism

Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice

Amrit Singh, Open Society Justice Initiative

Arun Kundnani, New York University

Jordi Vaquer (moderator), regional director for Europe at the Open Society Foundations

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