What We're Reading
August 2018 | Global Forum 2018

In this month’s “What We Are Reading” digest, the RESOLVE Network sets the stage for the next Global Forum. On September 19, 2018, the RESOLVE Network will host its Third Annual Global Forum in Washington, DC at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The Forum will explore new research angles and approaches that present innovative entry points and recommendations for prevention and intervention through policy and practice. The publications offer new perspectives into violent extremism through the lenses of cognitive psychology, religious norms, mental health, and the intersection of different extremist movements. Click the links to learn more. 

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Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood
Denise Natali
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The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore. Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on inde...
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Measuring Peace: Comparability, Commensurability, and Complementarity Using Bottom-Up Indicators
Pamina Firchow, Roger Mac Ginty
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This article examines the possibilities of interaction and collaboration between top-down and bottom-up indicators of peace. It is based on the Everyday Peace Indicators project an experi...
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The Dilemma of Predicting Violent Radicalization
Cécile Rousseau, B. Heidi Ellis, John D. Lantos
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Parents, educators, law enforcement officials, and health professionals are all concerned about the violent radicalization of adolescents. Health professionals may be called on to assess ...
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Radicalization, Laïcité, and the Islamic Veil
Chris Meserole
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Globally, over one billion people self-identify as Sunni Muslim. The overwhelming majority of those individuals live peaceful and productive lives. Yet a miniscule fraction, far less than...
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The Extremism Paradox with Julia Ebner
Julia Ebner
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By looking at extremist movements both online and offline, Julia Ebner, Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, shows how far right and Islamist extremists have succeeded...
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Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear: An Interview with Mike Niconchuk
Michael Niconchuk
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In this interview, Michael “Mike” Niconchuk reflects on some of the intimate lessons he has learned on healing and coping from refugees he has developed friendships with over the last...
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Building community resilience to violent extremism through genuine partnerships
B. Heidi Ellis, Abdi, Saida
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What is community resilience in relation to violent extremism, and how can we build it? This article explores strategies to harness community assets that may contribute to preventing yout...
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Female Radicalization to ISIS and the Role of Women in CVE
Erin Marie Saltman, Ross Frenett
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Women have played significant roles in a number of contemporary terrorist organizations. A range of far-right, far-left and Islamist extremist organizations have utilized female forces fo...
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Bringing the Fight Back Home: Western Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria
Dafna Rand, Anthony Vassalo
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In September, President Obama will preside over a United Nations Security Council session focused on the surge of global foreign fighters who have been drawn to Syria and Iraq. The foreig...
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States, insurgents, and wartime political orders
Paul Staniland
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Bargains, deals, and tacit understandings between states and insurgents are common in civil wars. This fascinating mix of conflict and cooperation shapes patterns of politics, governance,...