What We're Reading
September 2018 | Forum highlights

In this month’s “What We Are Reading” digest, the RESOLVE Network highlights experts and research areas featured at the Global Forum on September 20, 2018 at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The Forum explores individual and social conduits of extremism and leads the way for research, practice, and policy from complex systems to meaningful interventions. The articles present unique methods and approaches to better conceptualize, understand, and counter violent extremism, borrowing perspectives from peacebuilding, public health, comedy, and nonviolent movements. Click the links to learn more.

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Everyday Peace Indicators: Capturing local voices through surveys
Roger Mac Ginty, Pamina Firchow
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Much academic and practitioner literature has placed an emphasis on the need to capture local voices in societies experiencing conflict and transitions out of conflict. The rationale behi...
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Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace and conflict
Roger Mac Ginty, Pamina Firchow
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Based on findings from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, the article considers how top-down and bottom-up narratives and understandings of conflict often differ. The article posits t...
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How the Health Sector Can Reduce Violence by Treating It as a Contagion
Gary Slutkin, Charles Ransford, Daria Zvetina
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Violence is best understood as an epidemic health problem, and it can be effectively prevented and treated using health methods to stop events and outbreaks and to reduce its spread. This...
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Evidence-based keys to a stable, post-caliphate Iraq
Chris Meserole
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Now that Mosul is back under coalition control, policymakers from D.C. to Baghdad must focus anew on building a lasting and durable peace in Iraq. Fortunately, in the decade since the iss...
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To Defeat Terrorism, Use People Power
Maria Stephan, Leanne Erdberg
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Nonviolent Citizens Movements Are the Missing Piece of a Global Strategy Against Extremism As governments and communities seek the right combination of methods to halt terrorism, one tha...
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Why Civil Resistance Works
Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan
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For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. By attracti...
Blog Post
Turning into Butterflies: A Syrian’s Reflection on Despair and Disgrace
Mike Niconchuk, Mohammad Kheir
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In society, and even more so in humanitarian work, we rarely give space for despair to be heard. Despair makes us uncomfortable. Think of how we structure our stories, and our films, ther...
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The work of women’s NGOs on commercial radio in the West Bank: Frustrations and shortcomings
Emma Heywood
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This article examines the work of women non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on West Bank radio as they represent women, a marginalized community, within a patriarchal, traditional and r...
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Laughing at ISIS to defeat them
Wesley Bruer
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Deep in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, tucked away in a small conference room among dozens of buildings known as Bollywood's "Film City," the US government is implementing a unique, and ...
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The currency of the far-right: why neo-Nazis love bitcoin
Julia Ebner
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For extremists, deregulated cryptocurrencies are a potent political statement as much as a means to fund their activities. Many extremists had their accounts removed from mainstream crow...
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NYPD vs. Revolution Muslim: The Inside Story of the Defeat of a Local Radicalization Hub
Jesse Morton, Mitchell Silber
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Between 2006 and 2012, two men working on opposite sides of the struggle between global jihadis and the United States faced off in New York City. One was the founder of Revolution Muslim,...