ICCT Live Briefing: Countering Violent Extremism: The Need For a New Direction? Recording

On September 2, 2021, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) hosted an online Live Briefing about rethinking our approach to countering violent extremism. View the recording of the Live Briefing below:

In today’s world, considerable emphasis is placed on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), especially in the context of Islamist radicalization since the event of 9/11. However, much of this programming is state-centric and top-down and presupposes that radicalisation and extremism are primarily driven by ideology.

In his new book, Abbas argues that CVE should be about empowerment, resistance, integration, opportunity, and participation in society without the need to call these initiatives an issue of de-radicalisation, etc. Current CVE practices, embedding racism, discrimination and Islamophobia, risk making matters worse. The growing threat of the far-right poses an additional challenge.

Register here to learn more about the role of social problems in radicalisation, political violence and terrorism during our Live Briefing on 2 September.

Presenter: Tahir Abbas, Associate Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague


  • Elizabeth Pearson, Lecturer in Criminology with the Conflict, Violence and Terrorism Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London
  • Daniela Pisoiu, Senior Fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs
  • Tufyal Choudhury, Associate Professor in Durham Law School and Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law