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.