About CEP

About Us

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is a nonprofit and non-partisan international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideologies.

Our Mission

CEP builds a more moderate and secure society by educating the public, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society actors about the threat of extremism. CEP also formulates programs to sever the financial, recruitment, and material support networks of extremist groups and their leaders.

Our Values

Extremism begins with a disregard for others’ individual rights to free speech, thought, and conscience. And mutual respect, moderation, and tolerance begin with a recognition and acceptance of others as free and autonomous individuals with dignity and inviolable rights to the same. A belief in the moderating force of individual rights and autonomy, equal protection, and opportunity under the law, due process, and minority rights animate all of CEP’s programs and research activities. CEP’s dedication to independent, rigorous research and policy discussions seeks to encourage a more secure and prosperous future.

Our Work

CEP deploys education, advocacy, and communication tools to inform the public, media, academia, business leaders, and policymakers about the dangers posed by extremist ideologies and movements as well as their recruitment and operational tactics. CEP also provides support to counter-extremism, prevention, deradicalization, and rehabilitation/reintegration programs around the world.

CEP’s resources and support services serve as an important foundation for stakeholders to tackle extremists’ insidious ideologies that threaten moderate and tolerant societies, promote violence, and reject basic human rights.

Research and Analysis:

CEP maintains an extensive research database on extremist groups and their networks of support as well as analysis resources.

CEP also hosts a variety of events and policy discussions with subject matter experts. From jihadism to the transnationalism of right-wing extremist movements to the security situation in Afghanistan, CEP’s events are recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

Tech and Extremism Online:

CEP has pioneered efforts to combat extremists’ radicalization and recruitment tactics online. We use the latest communications and technological tools to identify and counter extremist ideology and recruitment online.

Prevention, Deradicalization, Rehabilitation/Reintegration:

As a trusted partner to both governmental and non-governmental organizations, CEP provides support to grassroots efforts to combat extremism as well as to research and intervention programs.

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On March 30, 2020, an al-Shabaab suicide bomber mounted the vehicle of Abdisalan Hasan Hersi, a governor in Somalia’s Puntland, as he parked his car near a police station. The jihadist detonated his explosive device, killing Hersi and seriously wounding a former police commander and a civilian.  

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