Lisa Schirch (ed.)
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The Ecology of Violent Extremism: Perspectives on Peacebuilding and Human Security

Rowman & Littlefield International

Abstract

The Ecology of Violent Extremism brings together leading theorists and practitioners to describe an ecological or systems approach to violent extremism. What is beneath and beyond violent extremism? How do we respond to the problem of violent extremism in ways that do not fertilize the root causes that fueled it in the first place? The book offers a “map of violent extremism” drawing connections between twenty-five factors that correlate with violent extremism (VE). On a spectrum, counterterrorism seeks to disrupt, detain, and destroy terrorist plans and networks, while P/CVE seeks to prevent and counter the belief systems that support violent extremism. Peacebuilding addresses the longer-term factors and root causes driving VE. An ecological approach to VE recognizes that interventions also interact with each other. For example, some approaches to counterterrorism also motivate further recruitment to VE groups and undermine peacebuilding interventions.