Preventing violent extremism in fragile states

Somali women walk past the wreckage of a car involved in an explosion near the president's residence in Mogadishu, Somalia December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Feisal Omar - RC195E3B8230

The Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States recently released its recommendations, calling for a new strategy to prevent violent extremism from developing in fragile states. Brookings Senior Fellow George Ingram and President of the U.S. Institute of Peace Nancy Lindborg explain why the U.S. needs to change its priorities from defeating terrorists militarily and focus on addressing the economic, social, and political weaknesses in fragile states which lead to the rise of extremist groups.

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