The National UK reported that London-based think-tank Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) said countering violent extremism (CVE) programs aimed at stopping the vulnerable descending into violent extremism may cause more problems than they solve by inadvertently building networks of radicals.


Said think-tank believes that CVE projects are often poorly tested, assessed and monitored, making it hard to understand what works.


The UK launched its own review into its version of the program titled “Prevent” this year after criticism of its perceived failures and accusations that it was aimed unjustly at British Muslims over other groups.


Rusi’s worldwide examination of papers and studies on the topic found a lack of hard evidence as to what works and how well projects in one country could translate to others.


It found that in Lebanon, some charities rebranded their work as CVE to draw cash from donors. Rusi also found that some programs that were merged with women’s rights projects led to a backlash against women who were regarded as “intelligence gatherers”.


“In extreme circumstances, such projects can even contribute to radicalisation processes,” the paper said. Some projects exacerbated problems by helping “contacts between radicalised individuals and enhancing distrust of the state”, it said.


The Brennan Centre, a US law and policy institute, has described the evidence underpinning so-called CVE projects as “junk science” that has proven to be “ineffective, discriminatory and divisive”.


Source: The National UK