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By ICRD Intern Nicole Patierno Despite the appalling butchery and surprising staying power of ISIS, it is important not to mythologize the activity of the so-called Islamic State. Though 2015 marked the fourth year of brutal civil conflict in Syria, Western media attention has remained fixated... (Read more)
Building Resilient Communities Abroad: A Reflection on the White House Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism — February 18, 2015
By Andrew McDonnell This afternoon, the White House will convene key religious leaders, law enforcement officials, NGO leaders, social service providers, and representatives from countries around the world in a summit on countering violent extremism (CVE). This meeting is an opportunity to cel... (Read more)
An Eye toward the Future: Curbing Mistreatment of Religious Minorities — November 19, 2014
By Nicole Magney As the so-called Islamic State (IS) continues to gain ground in parts of Syria and Iraq, it is easy to fall into a state of hopelessness about the fate of the region and more broadly, the Muslim world. While many people are focused on how to combat IS now, as they rightly shou... (Read more)
From the Valley to the Summit: Coca and Cauca — May 20, 2014
by James Patton We take a hard left turn just shy of an hour away from the airport in Cali and the driver applies the brakes, drifting to a stop. We are in a bulletproof SUV. Contrary to stereotypes, however, it does not have the UN or a foreign government logo on the side, not even that of an... (Read more)
By Jennifer Crumpton A small, lifeless boy lies in a pool of blood on the floor of a bland, crumbling concrete room. Gut-wrenching, helpless wails of mourning rise up from those standing around him. “God curse you, Bashar!” cries one low, scratchy voice, perhaps his father’s. After th... (Read more)
Are Colombians Ready for Peace? — November 22, 2013
By James Patton On the one hand, there is the young man who was taught by his father to care for the livestock and the family ranch. After sitting by the side of the bed while his father bled to death, following an assault by guerrillas claiming an egalitarian economic cause, he joined the par... (Read more)
Back from the Brink — October 24, 2013
by Jennifer Crumpton SEAL raids in Somalia, the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, church burnings in Egypt. From the Benghazi attacks to the murder of Sikhs in a Wisconsin temple, what modern issue affects the global family of humanity more than the rise of violent extremism and the roots and ou... (Read more)
Honoring Their Sacrifice — September 11, 2013
Welcome to the inaugural launch of the ICRD blog site on this, the 12th anniversary of 9-11. In remembering those who paid the ultimate price on that fateful day, it becomes appropriate to take stock of how far we have come in developing a coherent response to the religious extremism that gave ri... (Read more)