Whole of Government approaches are being used to frame U.S. government efforts to help prevent, mitigate and counter violent extremism both in the U.S. and abroad. U.S. development and foreign assistance are well suited to adopt a corresponding Whole of Society approach to address multiple causal factors, drivers and accelerators violent extremism in critical parts of the world. Aligning various sectors of counterpart assistance countries in a more comprehensive and strategic effort can be of great utility, as can the ability to be able to adapt and react to changing political and social circumstances and opportunities. However, such an approach requires flexibility and creativity. It also requires strong planning, coordination, and program management, along with great care to ensure a ‘Do No Harm’ philosophy is in place across the multiple target sectors, institutions and communities.
Eric Rosand, a former senior State Department official responsible for developing and deploying the Department’s expanded CVE strategy, will reflect on past and current strategic orientations while Stephen Lennon, Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Assistance, will discuss the development and application of operational programmatic tools for helping prevent and counter violent extremism. Both speakers will offer comments on how the U.S. government can continue to develop a sustainable and effective approach in the coming years and how it can further contribute to and help lead a global effort.
Please note that registration for this event closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 2nd.