The Non-State Actors in Fragile Environments unit (NSAFE) aims to challenge the current approach to extremism and the surrounding environment. The concepts stems from the belief that much of the policy debate about extremism in the West, and the response to it, is dominated by outdated ideas. Policymakers are still fighting the last war and much of today’s scholarship is still stuck in the old paradigm. NSAFE aims to change that, by provoking and guiding a fundamental shift in the way policymakers and policy analysts think about the problem of non-state actors and the policies devised to address it.
In partnership with governments, domestic and foreign, policy influencers, and academics, NSAFE hopes to become a premier source of updating these concepts to provide policy makers and observers with new tools to deal with the increasingly central role of non-state actors. In addition to policy papers and op-eds, the NSAFE team will sponsor collaborative events with key stakeholders, policymakers, Congressional staff, and Government agencies.