RESOLVE Network; Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism

The RESOLVE Network is a global association of research, policy and training institutes established in recognition that the factors that contribute to community vulnerability and resilience to violent extremism are contextual, and that efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE) and prevent violent extremism (PVE) will be more effective if tailored to those specific factors.


The RESOLVE Network was launched in September 2015 following the summit conference on CVE convened by the White House. The Summit’s Follow-On Action Agenda affirmed the pressing need to enhance our understanding of the dynamics of violent extremism, particularly at the community level.


The primary goal of RESOLVE is to grow and share the common body of knowledge about the dynamics of violent extremism and to encourage cooperation among researchers, practitioners and policymakers worldwide to identify ways to build greater resilience in vulnerable and at risk communities. Members and supporters of the Network are convinced that open exploration, collaboration, and synthesis of locally informed research, data, lessons and best practices hold powerful potential to illuminate the clearest path to prevention and mitigation of the drivers of violent extremism. The mission of RESOLVE, is therefore, to employ the convening power of the Network’s members and supporters to connect communities, organizations, and individuals in order to build local solutions.


The United States Institute of Peace hosts the RESOLVE Network Secretariat at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The Network is primarily supported by the following constituent bodies: Steering Committee, Secretariat, Advisory Council, Research Group.


  • Develop a shared research agenda in response to policymakers’ and practitioners’ needs to address the problem of violent extremism, informed by an understanding of existing knowledge gaps;
  • Aggregate, synthesize, and analyze existing research, best practices, and tools so that these can be broadly shared and accessed;
  • Connect people working on common themes to create a community of practice that will help support local research and link that research to policymakers and practitioners;
  • Support the development of quality, evidence-based local research and program evaluation; and
  • Disseminate analysis and research findings to policymakers and practitioners at all levels, from the local to the international.

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