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Toward a Whole-of-Government Approach to Countering Extremism

Toward a Whole-of-Government Approach to Countering Extremism

NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Michael Doran testified at a congressional hearing on Feb. 12, 2009 on strategies for countering violent extremist ideologies. The "biggest challenge to crafting a whole-of-government approach," he told the HASC Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, "is the fact that we have no clear leader for this effort. No office has been established has been given the necessary power to pull together all of the relevant parts of the government."

Doran has studied the question as an academic; a Middle East expert who has published extensively on al-Qaeda's ideology; Senior Director for the Near East and North Africa in the White House; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy at the Pentagon; and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department.

To read his full testimony, click below.

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