FPRI’s Clint Watts Cited in National Security Critical Issues Task Force
Clint Watts’ 2012 article, “U.S. Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism: An Assessment,” which he co-authored with Will McCants, was recently cited in “Countering Violent Extremism: Applying the Public Health Model,” published by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies, National Security Critical Issues Task Force.
“CVE has an unclear definition, mission, and leadership structure. First, there is no consensus on how to define the CVE mission in the USG (see Figure 2). For instance, the DHS CVE policy focuses on mitigating or preventing terrorist activities, while the Department of State focuses on alleviating root causes. The NSCITF’s research into the term CVE and its mission uncovered no single, authoritative definition that encompassed all of its facets. A common definition would allow for better communication between different organizations and individuals. The lack of a cohesive definition causes counterproductive programs and unclear results.”