Countering Violent Extremism in the MENA Region: Time to Rethink Approaches and Strategies
The foreign fighters (FFs) phenomenon affecting MENA countries is unprecedented in its scale and pace. While most MENA countries have adopted “hard” strategies based on security-focused approaches, countering violent extremism (CVE) also requires the use of “soft” strategies stemming from multidimensional approaches. This means turning the current short-term strategy into a long-term strategy addressing the roots of violent extremism.
Paper prepared for the IAI-led Working Package within the framework of the EuroMeSCo project “Euro-Mediterranean Political Research and Dialogue for Inclusive Policy-Making Processes”.
Evidence and Analysis
Soft Policies: The Limits of the Security-Oriented Approach
From Short-Term to Long-Term Strategies: Towards Multidimensional Approaches
Policy Implications and Recommendations