“Ideas are more dangerous than deeds”: Street-level perspectives of violent extremism in Nineveh Governorate, Iraq


The roots of violent extremism vary by context and entail a number of structural and enabling factors as well as individual incentives – understanding these elements at the micro level is key to designing an effective strategy for countering violent extremism (CVE). With a focus on Nineveh Governorate in Iraq in the aftermath of the ISIS conflict (2014-2017), Sanad for Peacebuilding and Social Inquiry, with support from the Government of Canada, conducted a mixed-methods study of community perspectives of violent extremism as well as potentials for countering it, in addition to exploring views and attitudes on those who have been affiliated with such groups or who lived under this group’s control.


Program: Social Cohesion

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