Priority Sustainable Counterterrorism Initiative
The Priority Sustainable Counterterrorism Initiative examines understudied nonstate actors – both militant and non-militant – to help reconceptualize national security. A better understanding of local contexts of nonstate actors, especially in the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South Asia, will lead to more forward-thinking and sustainable approaches to dealing with terrorism and extremism. Understanding and supporting civil society actors also will help mitigate these issues.
Our Priority Sustainable Counterterrorism Initiative is multiregional and multidisciplinary – a partner in bridging the gaps between policy, practitioners, and academia.
The Affiliates Project analyzes the local context of violent nonstate actors, outlining groups as they exist within their local geopolitical and social dynamics. This aims to improve understanding of the landscape in which top threat groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates operate.
The Priority Sustainable Counterterrorism program researches and engages with NGOs, peacebuilding organizations, and local civil society organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South Asia.