Ziad Akl, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, writes about Egypt’s CT and CVE policies and how it has prioritised one over the other, slowing down the potential for positive CVE initiatives. Also highlighted is the failure of communication between state and society, with CVE approaches primarily centred on the state and only minor roles given to non-state actors within society. For a more detailed analysis, read Egypt between Terrorism and Radicalization: The State-Society Nexus (ISPI, July 2018)
Ziad Akl, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, writes about how Egypt needs a comprehensive deradicalisation strategy to counter the spread of extremist ideas: ‘While improved security is often enough to counter the threat of terrorism, a human-security approach may be more effective in countering radicalisation. Security measures, inclusion strategies, and development policies all need to be combined to bring about a cumulative human-security approach to countering radicalisation.’ (March 2018)
Walid Salem, Centre for Democracy and Community Development, discusses what is ‘Beyond Exacerbating Asymmetry and Sustaining
Occupation: An Alternative Approach for United States Intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in the Journal of International Negotiation 23 (2018) 97–123.
In this blog, Walid Salem, Centre for Democracy and Community Development, writes about the hollowness of the public sphere, and the absence of institutions in Palestine. (February 2018)
The results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 14-17 March 2018 are presented here. While an overwhelming majority of Palestinians reject the American role in the peace process and ideas attributed to the “Deal of the Century,” the failure of reconciliation, the recent Gaza explosion, the worsening living and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, concerns about PA eavesdropping on citizens’ phone calls, diminished chances for democracy, and other concerns cast a shadow of pessimism, frustration, and despair over the public leaving it with no trust in its leadership and very little optimism about the medium or even the long term future. Sample size is 1200 adults, interviewed face-to-face in 120 randomly-selected locations. The margin of error is 3%.
This WANA Institute Report, Post-Daesh and Still Desperate: The Ongoing Drivers of Violent Extremism in Jordan, Tunisia, and Lebanon, seeks to highlight and identify some of the ongoing socio-economic and political drivers of radicalization across the WANA region, with a particular focus on Tunisia, Lebanon, and Jordan. All three of these countries have been affected by violent extremism despite large contextual differences in demographics, recent histories, and governance structures. However, the commonalities between the countries become clear when the socio-economic and political frustrations facing their populations are considered.
The WANA Institute is carrying out a similar research project: Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches in the Context of the Emerging Threat of Violent Extremism in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia. See here for more details and the research output.