The Commonwealth Cadre of CVE Experts was established in 2018 to facilitate knowledge exchange among the Commonwealth CVE Unit, CVE researchers, practitioners and policymakers in the Commonwealth, to support Commonwealth member countries to take impactful and sustainable steps to prevent individuals radicalising and joining violent extremist groups, alongside essential security-based counter-terrorism measures.
Terrorism and violent extremism (VE) remain significant issues across all regions of the Commonwealth, in spite of reductions in the global level of terrorism since 2014. New threats that affect violent extremism in the Commonwealth are evolving and emerging, as seen in the spread of ISIL affiliate groups in sub-Saharan Africa and the surge of far-right ethno-nationalism and political terrorism in North America, Europe and Oceania.
Globally, much progress has been made to strengthen global, regional and national capabilities to counter terrorism, but within the Commonwealth, many countries continue to have unaddressed vulnerability to violent extremism and the have a limited capability to adopt comprehensive approaches to managing terrorism and addressing the underlying conditions that contribute to individuals radicalising and joining violent extremist groups.
In the lead up to the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Commonwealth Cadre of CVE Experts will examine contemporary trends related to violent extremism and terrorism and its impact on the Commonwealth and explore what CVE work is currently being undertaken across the Commonwealth and identify if there are lessons of best practice that can be applied to better inform responses to terrorism and violent extremism.
In partnership with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Global Partnership for Education
Wilton Park reference number: WP2032