Michael Darden is a program specialist for the Countering Violent Extremism team at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Michael joined USIP after six years with the Wilson Center where he focused on Latin America policy and specifically bilateral relations between the United States and Brazil.

His interest areas include understanding the root causes of violent extremism among marginalized communities, and how to effectively implement strategies for individuals disengaging from violent extremism. Additionally, Michael is interested in the role social media has played in developing violent extremist ideology and how those same techniques can be used as method for rehabilitation.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International affairs from The George Washington University and master’s degree from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Publications By Michael

ISIS Returnees: Can Ex-Fighters Be Rehabilitated?

ISIS Returnees: Can Ex-Fighters Be Rehabilitated?

Monday, February 25, 2019

By: Michael M. Darden

As the last pockets of the Islamic State’s “caliphate” collapse this month, nations far from the battlefield face an increasingly urgent challenge: How to reintegrate the group’s former militants as they come home and seek to disengage from extremist violence. For the officials in charge of the process, it’s an undertaking fraught with uncertainty whose failure could mean continued recruitment or even terrorism on their streets.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Reconciliation; Violent Extremism

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