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Nonstate Actors Program

The Nonstate Actors program reveals understudied militant and non-militant nonstate actors to help reconceptualize national security. Better understanding local context 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 the issues of terrorism and extremism. In addition, understanding and supporting civil society actors will help mitigate these issues.

Our Nonstate Actors program is multiregional and multidisciplinary in approach – partner in bridging the gap between policy, practitioners, and academia.

Local Realities

Local Realities

The Local Realities project analyzes the local context of violent nonstate actors, outlining groups as they exist within the local geopolitical and social dynamics to gain a better understanding of the landscape in which top threat groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates operate.

Ghouls to Governance

Ghouls to Governance

The Ghouls to Governance project researches nonstate actors that are shifting away from militant activity and/or terrorist identity and seeking legitimacy in state-system governance.

SVE

The Susceptibility to Violent Extremism (SVE) project researches factors of radicalization as they are formed by a particular regional local context. ‘Susceptibility’ in SVE refers to the stages prior to radicalization to violent extremism.

Civil Society

Civil Society

The Nonstate Actors program researches and engages with NGOs, peacebuilding organizations, and local civil society organizations in the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South Asia.

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