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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.

Publications By Georgia

Returning Foreign Fighters and the Reintegration Imperative

Returning Foreign Fighters and the Reintegration Imperative

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

By: Georgia Holmer; Adrian Shtuni

This report aims to help policymakers and practitioners navigate the challenges of developing effective programs to rehabilitate and reintegrate foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq into their societies. Ultimately, holistic and comprehensive reintegration efforts designed to transition returnees address not only their needs, but also those of the entire society, and are critical in building more resilient and safer communities.

Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Violent Extremists Find Traction Among Kosovo’s Youth

Violent Extremists Find Traction Among Kosovo’s Youth

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

By: Georgia Holmer

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 th...

Violent Extremism; Youth; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Violent Extremism & Human Rights: A Path to Prevention

Violent Extremism & Human Rights: A Path to Prevention

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

By: Georgia Holmer

From Orlando to Brussels to Baghdad to Jakarta, few regions of the world have been spared the violence generated by those who see value, meaning and opportunity in joining and supporting groups like ISIS. There is growing international resolve to develop joint and sustainable ways to address the transnational threat of violent extremism. Notably, human rights are increasingly seen as critical and pragmatic components—as part of the solution, not an objective that must either be accommodated o...

Violent Extremism; Human Rights

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