Project O Five raises awareness of counter-radicalization and counter-terrorism using “smart power”, a combination of both soft and hard power approaches. Although counter-terrorism operations most often involve “hard power” apparatuses, which include intelligence, law, policing, and military might, counter-radicalization methods, on the other hand, require “soft power” tools that consist of political, social, cultural and economic control, alongside broader policy initiatives dealing with the environment, development, critical infrastructure, migration, and humanitarian intervention, in which a nation’s civil society plays a vital role. By and large, while hard power represented by military strength is essential to our security, living and portraying such values as good governance, public diplomacy, broadcasting, exchange programs, development assistance, disaster relief, educational and employment opportunities, which would be soft power measures, are as – if not more – important in the long run.
Founded in Ottawa, Ontario as an independent and nonprofit initiative that was formed to focus on a wide variety of subjects which are national, regional and international in scope and consist of counter-radicalization and counter-terrorism research, strategic and tactical intelligence analysis, and threat briefs, Project O Five strives to ensure the safety and security of global citizens by the “State of Global Terrorist Deterrence”.
Obviously, Professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term “soft power”, reminded us that a viable civil society would help mitigate violence. As such, the main objective of Project O Five is all about creating and implementing civil society led counter-narratives as the response to violence. As Nye concluded, a great nation’s interests in national and international politics can be better achieved by “smart power”, a fusion of both soft and hard power (Nye, 2004). Therefore, to counter radicalization and terrorism smartly in today’s global information age, nations must backstop and infuse conventional hard power tactics with more flexible and cunning cultural soft power strategies. In other words, countries should apply fused military and non-military strategies.
Mission: To bring about international peace by the “STATE OF GLOBAL TERRORIST DETERRENCE”.
Vision: The ultimate goal is “ONE WORLD” by ensuring geostrategic-cum-borderless “global village” for the modern citizens of the world.
The following is a music video created by a like-minded Indian musician A.R. Rahman that promotes a peaceful One World.