Matt Cohen

Policy and Research Papers

“Diaspora as Partners”: The Canadian Model of Countering Violent Extremism

The first step in an effective countering violent extremism (CVE) strategy is to develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the relevant communities. Building on a research project completed for Public Safety Canada—which examined the impact of overseas conflicts on Syrian, Afghan, Somali, and Tamil communities in Canada— this paper identifies key insights about the country’s diaspora communities. Serious attempts to address violent extremism begin by accepting the reality that future attacks are as likely to come from within societies as abroad. Diaspora communities can be a country’s greatest asset in combating violent extremism. Strengthening the social capital of these communities is the most promising and cost-effective means to counter the threat of radicalization. This requires a serious commitment to research, dialogue, and law enforcement strategies that promote engagement instead of confrontation. 

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UN peacekeeping with no Peace: Disorientation, Demoralization and scarcity in Mali

On July 13th, the U.N. envoy for West Africa and the Sahel issued an explicit warning to the United Nations Security Council. Mohamed Ibn Chambas explained that violent extremist activity in Malian border regions had increased significantly in the past few months, signaling a spread of hostilities from the northern desert expanses of Mali to Burkina Faso and Niger. Chambas commented that “efforts by member states in the region to deliver on development, improve infrastructure, create jobs and strengthen human security are being hampered by traditional and new drivers of conflict and insecurity.”

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