Violent extremism in Northeast Syria did not end with the fall of ISIS in 2018. The legacy of the caliphate pervades the region with attacks still frequently occurring.
Since early 2020, IMPACT and its partners have been implementing a community-focused preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) program in Northeast Syria. The intervention is comprised of a diverse range of initiatives including research, child protection, women’s economic empowerment, community engagement, and civil society support.
The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach, investing in current community strengths to build resilience and sustain P/CVE beyond the scope of the project. It does this through a combination of strategies including protection and economic empowerment of returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), local capacity-building, and improving dialogues and collaboration between local communities, civil society, authorities, and the international community.
As part of the program, IMPACT is conducting field-based research on the roots of violent extremism in NES and its ongoing presence. The ultimate aim of the research project is to provide recommendations to local communities and external stakeholders on countering violent extremism today.