To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

May 09, 2019

Without the delivery of integration work at the local level, any effort to counter extremism is effectively built on a shaky foundation with too much sand in the mix. “Communities Defeat Terrorism” was the tagline when I worked as the head of strategy and policy in the office of the UK’s...

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

February 28, 2019

Throughout its development, Prevent has faced severe criticism but has remained protected by the armor of national security. On January 22, Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, announced there was to be an independent review of the government’s Prevent strategy. The review was launched...

It’s Not Just Islam that Needs Saving From Extremism

September 12, 2018

Islam is not at war with Britain, just as the latter is not at war with Muslims, even if extremists on both sides want that to be the case. The Arabic phrase Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim translates as “in the name of Allah the beneficent the merciful.” These words open all but one of the...

UK Counterterrorism Policy Needs to Look Beyond Borders

June 07, 2018

The UK's new counterterrorism strategy neglects overseas priorities when it comes to combating terrorist activity at the source. On June 4, the UK government published the latest version of its counterterrorism strategy (CONTEST.) The strategy has developed significantly since its early...