Roles of Women and Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
Hanging by a Thread: The ongoing threat to Somalia’s remittance lifeline
Global Center Analysis of the UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Latest Events

Roles of Women and Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

20 February 2015 | Washington, DC

On the margins of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the White House, the Global Center hosted an event to explore the roles of women and youth in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Two panels brought together a rich diversity of perspectives on CVE policies and programming, drawing on experiences in different regions and fields of practice. The first panel highlighted important lessons learned in working with women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and reflected on how these might inform CVE efforts, whether on the policy level or on the ground. The second panel highlighted critical lessons on engaging youth from different perspectives, for example, through entertaining and educational cartoons, market-based services and incentives to empower Muslim youth, inclusive political frameworks, and education, including involvement of faith-based educational leaders. The side event was commenced by Global Center Executive Director, Alistair Millar, followed by an opening address from Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. Read More

Frozen Asset Management and Seizure

27-29 January 2015 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Global Center hosted a training on the processes and procedures for frozen asset management and seizure. Mr. John Chevis, Director of Contra$celus Pty Ltd, and Mr. Gavin Durbin, Chief Executive Officer at AML Solutions International, served as co-facilitators and orchestrated a participatory and engaging environment. Over the course of the three day training, participants discussed the processes for collecting intelligence and evidence, special investigation techniques, and pre- and post-seizure functions. Trainers also discussed the importance of national and regional cooperation in asset management and recovery, as well as international cooperation around mutual legal assistance. Read More

Latest Publications

Stability and Security: Danish Somali Remittance Corridor Case Study

This policy brief examines the Danish Somali remittance corridor against the backdrop of recent MSB bank account closures, including those in the United Kingdom and the United States. It provides insight into MSB operations and remittance sending practices in Denmark, as well as background on the Somali diaspora there. The brief was informed by a combination of desk research and field consultations with Somali community members in the Danish cities of Aalborg, Aarhus, and Copenhagen. The brief offers recommendations to key actors including Danish AML/CFT regulatory authorities, Somali MSBs, and Danish financial institutions holding Somali MSB bank accounts with the objective of preventing similar account closures in Denmark. Read More

Thinking Outside the Box: Exploring the Critical Roles of Sports, Arts, and Culture in Preventing Violent Extremism

Recent efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism have sought increasingly to engage youth, communities, and marginalized groups, including women, and sports, arts, and culture offer much underutilized platforms to address the ideologies and root causes of violent extremism. This brief explores the history of cultural diplomacy and use of sports in conflict situations and examines relevant lessons learned and good practices for integrating sports, arts, and culture into CVE efforts. It offers some practical policy and programming recommendations for policymakers and practitioners focusing on countering violent extremism. The brief draws on desk research and on discussions at a workshop on the topic co-hosted by the Global Center and Hedayah in May 2014. Read More