Mightier than the Sword: Social Science and Development in Countering Violent Extremism

Frontiers in Development, 2012

4 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2012 Last revised: 22 May 2012

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Daniel P. Aldrich

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program

Date Written: March 23, 2012

Abstract

Countering terrorism through social science-based development assistance is a new policy model that moves beyond traditional methods based on the application of military force, public diplomacy, pressure to democratize, or broad-based poverty alleviation. The core elements of this framework for countering violent extremism (CVE) involve 1) pushing U.S. military responses “downstream” and using them sparingly, 2) reducing marginalization of peripheral communities and encouraging re-integration, 3) providing locally based counter-narratives to those of violent extremist organizations, and 4) increasing the legitimacy and capacity of partner governments.

Keywords: terrorism, countering violent extremism, development, social science, USAID

Suggested Citation

Aldrich, Daniel P., Mightier than the Sword: Social Science and Development in Countering Violent Extremism (March 23, 2012). Frontiers in Development, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2028009

Daniel P. Aldrich (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Security and Resilience Program ( email )

360 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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