The U.S. Institute of Peace, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened over 60 researchers, governmental officials, international civil servants and NGO representatives from around the world at the International Peace Institute in New York city on 22 and 23 September to launch a collaborative research network on ways to counter and prevent violent extremism. The new network will help researchers inject their critical knowledge of conditions in their localities into the global development of policies and practices in countering violent extremism.
The network – called Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism, or RESOLVE – is a consortium of research organizations and individuals from across the academic and practitioner spectrum. It will coordinate and allow sharing of ideas regarding violent extremism in local contexts and successful strategies for opposing it. Building up from the local level, the network will leverage the combined research to provide policymakers and other practitioners with a more comprehensive and global approach to resisting violent extremism.
The network was created following the summit conference on countering violent extremism (CVE) convened by the White House in February to enhance understanding of the dynamics of the growing threat through research.
It will begin by developing “research clusters,” each with either a regional or thematic focus. Researchers, institutions, practitioners and policymakers will be linked through a “knowledge platform” as well as regional and global meetings, and will be encouraged to collaborate on projects. The U.S. Institute of Peace will serve as the network’s secretariat to coordinate its activities.
On 29 September, the White House announced during the Leaders’ Summit to Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations in New York that the RESOLVE network will be managed by a Steering Committee that will include the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Hedayah, the Institute for Security Studies, the Africa Policy Institute, the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, The United Nations University and the U.S. Institute of Peace.