White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

02/16/2015



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White House to host summit on extremism

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.

For more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/232937-white-house-to-host-summit-on-extremism

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Department of State To Host Ministerial as Part of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
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.

For more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/02/237499.htm

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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.

For more:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/11/statement-press-secretary-white-house-summit-countering-violent-extremis

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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Presidents’ Day 2015

02/15/2015

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Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Colloquially, it is widely known as “Presidents Day” and is often an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February. The term “Presidents Day” was informally coined in a deliberate attempt to use the holiday to honor multiple presidents and is virtually always used that way today.

With official names including Presidents’ DayPresident’s Day and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday, the day is also a state holiday in most states. It officially celebrates, depending upon the state, Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents.Some states celebrate Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson but not Lincoln. Both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are in February. In historical rankings of Presidents of the United States Lincoln and Washington are frequently, but not always, the top two presidents.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President%27s_day

George Washington

18th Century

1. George Washington
2. John Adams

19th Century

3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Andrew Johnson
18. Ulysses S. Grant
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
20. James Garfield
21. Chester A. Arthur
22. Grover Cleveland
23. Benjamin Harrison
24. Grover Cleveland
25. William McKinley

20th Century

26. Theodore Roosevelt
27. William Howard Taft
28. Woodrow Wilson
29. Warren G. Harding
30. Calvin Coolidge
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
33. Harry S. Truman
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
35. John F. Kennedy
36. Lyndon B. Johnson
37. Richard M. Nixon
38. Gerald R. Ford
39. James Carter
40. Ronald Reagan
41. George H. W. Bush
42. William J. Clinton

21st Century

43. George W. Bush

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President Barack Obama

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama#Presidency

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White House Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

02/12/2015

WH Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

JANUARY 29, 2015 BY 

The White House announced Tuesday that it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.

The all-day event will include senior leaders from the White House and across federal government; CEOs from a wide range of industries including financial services, technology, retail and communications companies; law enforcement officials; and consumer advocates. Stanford faculty members and students currently researching cybersecurity issues will be involved throughout the summit.

“We are honored to host this White House summit at Stanford University and are excited to play a pivotal role in convening experts from government, industry and academia,” said Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Stanford is very engaged in studying cyber-related issues, and we look forward to enhancing this work by sharing our expertise on the cybersecurity issues that are so critical for the United States, its consumers and its businesses.”

Topics at the summit will include “increasing public-private partnerships and cybersecurity information sharing, creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies, and improving adoption and use of more secure payment technologies,” the White House said in a statement.

For more: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/january/cyber-security-summit-011415.html

“America’s economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet. Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property. Although the threats are serious and they constantly evolve, I believe that if we address them effectively, we can ensure that the Internet remains an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas.”

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Collaborating on Cyber Solutions

The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who have a stake in this issue — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who specialize in this field, and students — to collaborate and explore partnerships that will help develop the best ways to bolster our cybersecurity.

From increasing cybersecurity information sharing to improving adoption of more secure payment technologies, here’s a look at the topics that panels at the Summit will address:

  • Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations
  • Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password
  • Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security

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The Five Things You Need to Know: The Administration’s Priorities on Cybersecurity

Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives — from the broadband beneath us to the wireless signals around us to the networks that power our hospitals, schools, and our nation. The Obama administration is pursuing five key priorities that will strengthen our approach to cybersecurity threats by:

  1. Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure — our most important information systems — from cyber threats.
  2. Improving our ability to identify and report cyber incidents so that we can respond in a timely manner.
  3. Engaging with international partners to promote internet freedom and build support for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace.
  4. Securing federal networks by setting clear security targets and holding agencies accountable for meeting those targets.
  5. Shaping a cyber-savvy workforce and moving beyond passwords in partnership with the private sector.

Learn more about the Administration’s cybersecurity priorities at WhiteHouse.gov/cybersecurity

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.2/13/15 FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

2/12/15 FACT SHEET: Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

2/25/15 Presidential Memorandum — Establishment of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

2/25/15 FACT SHEET: Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
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February 13, 2015
White House Summit of Cyber Security and Consumer Protection
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Suicide Prevention

02/10/2015

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

History

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA of NYC) launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. MHA of NYC’s independent subsidiary, Link2Health Solutions, Inc. (L2HS), the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and MHA of NYC to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training. The Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. L2HS receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, and Standards, Training and Practices Subcommittee.

Learn more: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

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Obama to hold public ceremony for veterans suicide prevention bill

2/09/15 12:09 PM EST By Martin Matishak – TheHill

President Obama on Thursday will sign legislation meant to help prevent suicides among veterans during a public ceremony.

The president will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law in a ceremony from the East Room of the White House, said a spokeswoman for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The advocacy group had pushed for Congress to pass the bill and had urged Obama to hold a public signing ceremony.
The Senate voted 99-0 to pass the legislation last week; it sailed through the House in a 403-0 vote last month.

The legislation, named after a Marine Corps veteran [Clay Hunt] who took his life after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls for independent audits of suicide-prevention programs in the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments to determine which are successful and which should be eliminated.

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The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act will: 

  • Increase access to menal health care by, amoung other things, creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members as well as a one-stop, interactive website of avaiable resources.
  • Bettter meet the demand for mental hearlth care by stating a pilot program to repay the loan debt of students in psychiatry so itis easier to recruit them to waork at the VA.
  • Boost the accountability of mental health care by requiring an annual evaluation of DOD and VA suicide-prevention practies and programs.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
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Sexual Abuse is VIOLENCE and has to STOP

02/08/2015

How to stop sexual assault
In Grammy video, Obama says of rape, ‘It’s not okay – and it has to stop’

February 8 at 8:00 PM By Juliet Eilperin – washingtonpost

Viewers of the Grammy Awards Sunday night will see a video featuring President Obama, according to White House officials, in which he urges Americans to take responsibility for stopping sexual violence, saying, “It’s not okay – and it has to stop.”

The public service announcement represents the latest installment in the White House’s ongoing “SExual A,” campaign, which aims to end sexual assaults on college campuses. The administration began the effort in September, with the support of major college sports leagues and prominent celebrities.

Obama is asking the artists featured at the Grammys to ask their fans to make the same pledge that these prominent figures have made, along with students from more than 200 colleges and universities, several collegiate sports organizations, and some private firms. He notes that nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has experienced rape or attempted rape, and that more than 1 in 4 has suffered some form of domestic violence.

The administration has aggressively used Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at schools that receive federal funding, to push institutions of higher education to reexamine their policies regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating dozens of colleges and universities under the law. As of Dec. 24, it was looking at cases at 92 schools.

The campaign’s ads have been viewed online more than 4 million times and, through a partnership with iHeart Radio, have aired on more than 800 stations nationwide.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/08/in-grammy-video-obama-says-of-rape-its-not-okay-and-it-has-to-stop/

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Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV), can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation. Domestic violence has many forms including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

Awareness, perception and documentation of domestic violence differs from country to country, and from era to era. Estimates are that only about a third of cases of domestic violence are actually reported in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem affecting more than 32 million Americans, or over 10% of the U.S. population.

Office On Violence Against Women
http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/domviolence.htm

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Wages Increase the Most in Six Years during Another Strong Month for Job Growth

02/07/2015

The Employment Situation in January

With today’s strong employment report, we have now seen eleven straight months of job gains above 200,000—the first time that has happened in nearly two decades. We are also seeing nominal wage growth exceed the latest inflation readings, but additional steps are still needed to overcome the long-standing challenges affecting wages and family incomes. America is poised for another strong year, and so it is critical to avoid brinksmanship and unnecessary austerity, and instead to make investments in our future growth. That’s why earlier this week the President released a budget proposal that will help hardworking families make ends meet, while boosting America’s productivity and giving workers the tools they need to secure well-paying jobs in the 21st-century global economy.

Private Sector Payroll Jan 2008 - Jan 2015 
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 11.8 million jobs over 59 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record

2. The labor force participation rate rose to 62.9 percent in January, and has been relatively stable, on balance, since October 2013—during which time the unemployment rate has fallen by 1.5 percentage point

3. Nominal average hourly earnings for private production and non-supervisory workers have risen 2.0 percent over the last twelve months — implying real wage growth of around one percent, but still below rates needed to overcome the long-standing challenge in this area

4. Consistent with a general pattern of upward revisions during the recovery, job growth in November and December was revised up substantially, and the benchmark revision to March 2014 added 91,000 jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis)

5. Job growth in a number of industries diverged from recent trends in January

US Job Growth 2012 -  2015

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/06/employment-situation-january

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Find Out What President Obama is  Doing to Improve Our Economyhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

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VP Biden Travel to Belgium and Germany

02/05/2015

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Vice President Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany starting Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th. This will be the first trip to Brussels at this level for the Vice President; President Obama was in Brussels for a summit with European leaders last March.

The United States and Belgium share a close partnership. The Vice President looks forward to discussing their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda.

On Ukraine, the Vice President will discuss both the current escalation of the conflict by Russia and the need to impose additional costs on Russia for its ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and the economic reforms that Ukraine is undertaking and how the European Union and the United States, along with the international community can continue to galvanize additional financial support for Ukraine.

On energy security, the Vice President will discuss with the EU leadership, plans for diversifying fuel types, sources of energy, and transit routes to reduce the ability of any one country to use energy as a political weapon; and of course, they’ll likely consult on an ongoing negotiations around the world on climate change and our efforts in that respect, as well.

On TTIP, where negotiators are meeting this week, there will be a real opportunity for a fresh start in the negotiations. The Vice President will underscore that this agreement is really in the geostrategic interests of both the United States and Europe and the importance of our efforts to update the rules of the road globally, and set the standards for trade, in addition to bolstering growth and job creation on both (inaudible).

On terrorism, the Vice President will discuss our efforts to counter violent extremism, stem the flow in financing for foreign terrorist fighters to travel, and better share information on such individuals.

In Munich, on Saturday and Sunday of this week, the Vice President will attend the annual Munich Security Conference, where he’ll deliver remarks on European and global security challenges. The Vice President has spoken before at the Munich Security Conference, including in 2009, just after the President and the Vice President took office. And his visit will come just a day after our administration releases President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy as part of our effort to further define America’s foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership. Accompanying Vice President Biden will be Secretary Kerry and a number of other senior U.S. officials, including a very substantial congressional delegation.

The Vice President will hold a joint meeting in a trilateral format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. This will give the three leaders an opportunity to discuss the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and international support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, including through financial assistance.

The Vice President will also meet with the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security and in particular NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, as well as other ongoing efforts to strengthen the Alliance.

The Vice President will meet with a number of other European and international leaders including the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz; the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Federica Mogherini, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili,  Montenegran Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, among others on the sidelines of the conference.

European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Feb 6 @ 15:30 T-TIP Conference 

2/6/15 Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Letter from the President — National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the 2015 National Security Strategy

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Vice President Biden Belgium and Germany Travel Itinerary

Friday, February 6

Vice President Biden meets European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the European Parliament Conference of Presidents
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden attends a working lunch with European Council President Donald Tusk
Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Brussels, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Mission to NATO
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden departs Brussels en route Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden arrives in Munich, Germany
Munich International Airport

Vice President Biden overnights in Munich, Germany

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Saturday, February 7

Vice President Biden attends the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a trilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

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Sunday, February 8

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden departs Munich en route Washington, D.C.

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Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC, German: Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz) is the largest international security policy conference and it held annually. The list of attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil society as well as Business and Media.

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international  “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

Learn more: https://www.securityconference.de/en/

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MSC Twitter https://twitter.com/MunSecConf

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Munich Security Conference
February 6–8, 2015
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

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