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The Illusion of Security

It’s not just that a military-based approach to preventing extremism isn’t working. It’s that it can’t work. The fundamental problem of U.S. security assistance — as with other military tactics for carrying out foreign policy — is that violence is not a solution to violence.

The Failures of Security Assistance

U.S. security assistance, as it is currently conceived, does not work and is doing more harm than good. But often when confronted with the terrible reality of violent extremism, the desire of our political leaders to do “something” means that security assistance is the tool they reach for.

Peace through Shared Security

A realignment — from overwhelming militarism to sustainable peacebuilding — is not necessarily about ideology. It’s also about effectiveness. If the U.S. is interested in preventing violent extremism, it will abandon its militarized approach. Its track record of failure is clear.

Kenya: Lessons for U.S. Policy

What are the consequences of a militarized counterterrorism policy? How can the U.S. help build peace? Kenya provides examples both of a failed military-first approach and the alternatives.

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