White House to host summit on extremism
2/17/15 10:34 AM EST By Martin Matishak – TheHill
The White House on Tuesday will begin hosting a three-day summit to examine ways to counter violent extremism.
The meeting will put a special emphasis on domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their backers from radicalizing young people.
The conference, which has been in the works for months, comes just days after fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed 21 Egyptians and weekend terrorist attacks in Copenhagen left two people dead.
President Obama is slated to address the summit — which will include representatives from over 60 countries – during events at the White House and at the State Department.
Department of State To Host Ministerial as Part of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Office of the Spokesperson
February 13, 2015
The White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism during the week of February 17 to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence – efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks throughout the world.
As a component of the White House Summit, the Department of State on February 19 will host ministers, senior officials from the UN – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – and other multilateral organizations, and private sector and civil society representatives to develop an action agenda against violent extremism. This high-level event will include remarks by President Barack Obama, opening remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, and closing remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Panel sessions will feature a broad range of foreign government officials and representatives from civil society and the private sector.
January 11, 2015
Statement from the Press Secretary on the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris. This summit will build on the strategy the White House released in August of 2011, Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, the first national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically.
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts rely heavily on well-informed and resilient local communities. Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken the lead in building pilot frameworks integrating a range of social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders, with law enforcement agencies to address violent extremism as part of the broader mandate of community safety and crime prevention. The summit will highlight best practices and emerging efforts from these communities.
At the same time, our partners around the world are actively implementing programs to prevent violent extremism and foreign terrorist fighter recruitment. The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community.
Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.
- June 2011 NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR COUNTERTERRORISM
- 10/1/14 Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco’s Meeting with Security Officials from the Netherlands
- 9/24/14 Remarks by the President at U.N. Security Council Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters
- 9/24/14 U.N. Security Council Resolution 2178, requires all states to take concrete steps to address the foreign terrorist fighter challenge, and in this context, encourages them to develop more community-oriented approaches to countering violent extremism
- 9/23/14 Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Global Counterterrorism Forum
- 2/18/15 Op-Ed President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism
- 2/18/15 FACT SHEET: The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
February 17, 2015 Countering Violent Extremism Roundtable
Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism
Representatives from Boston, the Twin Cities, and the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area speak about their best practices, to talk about what’s working, what’s not working, and to share ideas with one another and with some of their international counterparts.
February 18, 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
President Obama delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco delivers remarks at The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
Attorney General Holder delivers remarks at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit
Representatives from Boston, the Twin Cities, and the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area delivers presentations on what they’ve learned to date since the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal partners launched local CVE pilot programs
Representatives from cities around the world from the private sector, from NGOs and others will discuss the way that civil society, the private sector and families can play in countering violent extremism.
February 19, 2015 Department of State’s Countering Violent Extremism Ministerial Summit
Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at The Summit on Countering on Countering Violent Extremism
Secretary of State Kerry hosts a meeting of representatives from 60 countries’ representatives, High Representative and Vice President of the European Union, the U.N. Secretary-General, senior officials from regional organizations, representatives from the private sector from civil society and other multinational bodies that will hold sessions focusing on:
* Economic opportunities to include expanding professional training for youth, as well as how the private sector can be engaged in a wealth of activities related to countering and preventing violent extremism.
* Weakening the legitimacy and the resonance of the brand of violent extremism, discussion of how non-violent religious issues and education can be elevated as a matter of international and local-level concern and best practices with regard to rehabilitating and reintegrating violent extremists.
* Focus on secure and resilient communities, the role of civil society, particularly youth and women preventing violent extremism, community-police relations and community-security force relations as a critical element of prevention, discussion on how to address social, economic and political marginalization and the effects of integration of minority communities.
President Obama delivers remarks at The Summit on Countering on Countering Violent Extremism
Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco meets with French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve
National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice deliver closing remarks of the Department of State’s Countering Violent Extremism Ministerial Summit
“we must stand united internationally and here at home. We know that military force alone cannot solve this problem. Nor can we simply take out terrorists who kill innocent civilians. We also have to confront the violent extremists — the propagandists, recruiters and enablers — who may not directly engage in terrorist acts themselves, but who radicalize, recruit and incite others to do so.
This week, we’ll take an important step forward as governments, civil society groups and community leaders from more than 60 nations gather in Washington for a global summit on countering violent extremism. Our focus will be on empowering local communities.”
2/17/15 President Obama