Countering Violent Extremism in Somalia

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy Jan 2012Photo: Internews Network/Flickr

The U.S. government’s list of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” is a central part of a counter-terrorism strategy based on the isolation of individuals and groups who espouse violence defined as terrorism. Peacebuilding, on the other hand, proposes a strategy of engagement and deliberative dialogue, inclusive of all views.

Posts in the January 2012 issue of Peace Policy:

John Paul Lederach explains how a process of engagement, rather than isolation, can shift extremist leaders away from violence and toward nonviolence. Read »

Ryne Clos argues that international policymakers would be wise to bring al-Shabaab into discussions for peace in Somalia. Read »

Laura Weis describes the impact of the U.S. blacklisting strategy in Somalia and presents an alternative framework. Read »

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