Georgia Holmer

Director, Countering Violent Extremism

Georgia Holmer is the director of CVE at the United States Institute of Peace where she oversees a broad portfolio of CVE and rule of law-related projects and research, to include the RESOLVE and INPROL research networks. She also chairs USIP's working group on counter violent extremism (CVE), which coordinates USIP’s CVE work and strategy. Holmer previously led USIP’s Women Preventing Extremist Violence Project in Nigeria which worked to support the role of women in building community resilience to violent extremism through engagement with local police. She has two decades of experience in the international justice and security field, and is an expert in the analysis of violent extremism, radicalization and conflict and counter and preventative strategies and programs, and their intersection with human rights and rule of law.  She served for ten years as an analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she was assigned long-term to the Office of the Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Athens and Copenhagen, and was the lead analyst on the Kosovo Task Force. She worked as an analytic advisor at the Department of Homeland Security, and has designed innovative methodologies for understanding and addressing radicalization. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and is a Master’s candidate in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

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December 20, 2016

Last month, police arrested 25 people for allegedly planning synchronized terrorist attacks in Kosovo and Albania, including against the Israeli national soccer team and its fans during a match. Authorities said the foiled attacks had been ordered and coordinated by ISIS commanders from Kosovo fighting in Syria and Iraq. The case underscores the accelerating risk for terror attacks outside Iraq and Syria, as ISIS loses ground, its foreign fighters return home or fresh recruits get stuck in their countries of origin. New USIP research outlines why such countries of origin, like Kosovo,...


May 25, 2015
The Women Preventing Violent Extremism Thought for Action Kit is intended to engage discussions on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism (PVE). This document is for policy makers, practitioners and academics who are interested in understanding “why gender matters” in preventing violent extremism. We think of it as a thought kit more than a tool kit, that is— a collection of experts’ essays and practical exercises designed to help guide local activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. In addition, we hope to bring greater awareness to the diverse set of experiences that women and women’s organizations are dealing with violent extremist ideologies.
September 18, 2014
What happens when community policing—a strategy that promotes collaboration between the police and a community to ensure safety and security—is implemented in transitional societies, in marginalized communities, or to prevent violent extremism or to engage women in providing community-level security? To ensure that they are not doing more harm than good, security, gender, and peacebuilding practitioners must both expand their understanding of policing methodologies and related assumptions and reconcile sometimes competing objectives.
September 10, 2014
Unlike other counterterrorism strategies, countering violent extremism (CVE) focuses on preventing individuals from being recruited into or joining violent extremist groups. CVE is a complex endeavor, largely because the reasons individuals become involved in extremist violence are in themselves complex and the dynamics are unique to each conflict. Using Kenya as an example, and drawing on observations from a recent visit, the author explores how promoting a more nuanced understanding of radicalization can help reach those who are at risk of being pushed and pulled into extremist violence.
August 29, 2013
A stronger bridge between security policymakers and the peacebuilding community, with coordinated and clearer lines of engagement, could better advance efforts to prevent violent extremism. A USIP expert examines the challenges facing CVE policy and practice and how peacebuilders can help to overcome them.