Countering Violent Extremism: What Challenges? What Opportunities? What Future?

SU Law Event

DATE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
TIME: 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
ROOM: Hagelin Lecture Hall (442 Dineen Hall)

Part of the Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund


  • C. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse Law
  • Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project; former Analyst, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA Counterterrorism Center

“Countering violent extremism” measures relate to surveillance, disruptions of technology, as well as interventions by the state in areas traditionally considered to be outside the concern of security, such as education.  For example, teachers in the United Kingdom must report signs that students are “vulnerable to radicalization.” In pilot cities in the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice are reaching out to civil society—including non-governmental organizations and community members—in order to “identify the most vulnerable” individuals in order to “help them build resilience.”  The Department of State and US AID have conducted efforts to counter violent extremism in other countries, as well. The future of these programs are in transition under the new administration. This panel will engage the challenges and opportunities presented by CVE initiatives, and discuss their future direction.