US - Continuing the Global Dialogue To Counter Violent Extremism and Recruitment
Approximately 200 representatives of governments, civil society, and the private sector from the Asia Pacific, Canada, the United States, and Europe gathered last week in Sydney, Australia for a regional Summit on countering violent extremism. The Summit, hosted by the Australian Government, was the third in a series of events around the globe following up on the February 2015 White House Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit and in preparation for a leaders-level CVE meeting at UNGA in September 2015. I was honored to join my colleagues Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications who led our delegation, and David Gersten, the Department of Homeland Security’s CVE Coordinator in participating in these discussions.
Building on many of the core themes of the White House Summit, participants looked for ways to understand and combat terrorist propaganda that contributes to extremist recruitment, to strengthen the role of women and families in combatting violent extremism, to forge effective partnerships among government, the private sector and civil society, to evaluate effective law enforcement approaches to countering radicalization, and to discuss how to build resilient communities by addressing social, political, and economic grievances. These topics are of specific interest to our Australian hosts who have faced terrorist attacks in recent months and who face a significant foreign fighter challenge.
Many noted that the vast majority of citizens in the Asia Pacific region ignore the propaganda and it is the one percent -- or less -- that is susceptible to its appeal. Governments, civil society, and communities themselves must work to help make these messages unattractive. Many participants from the tech industry and civil society also noted the power of social media platforms for good, and that these networks should be harnessed to spread credible messages – issues Rashad Hussain also discussed in his address to the group.
Our Australian hosts put these thoughts into action by also convening a Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop alongside the Summit. Three groups of civil society leaders spent their day focused on using social media to develop effective CVE communication campaigns; developing a national CVE strategy; and implementing successful community-led interventions.
Participants at the Summit also observed the “CVE HackAbout,” an intense three-day race against the clock in which teams competed to “hack” a solution to the CVE challenge. Co-hosted by the Australian Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Government, the CVE HackAbout brought together Australian Muslim talent, designers, coders, youth leaders, industry, and others to develop on-line tools and public campaigns that simultaneously combat terrorist propaganda and anti-Muslim sentiment. The teams pitched their ideas at the Civil Society Capacity Building Workshop to a live audience, an online audience, and a panel of judges that included a senior executive from Google, a television personality, and a managing director from a private equity firm. The winning idea was called “Pentor,” a smart phone app that provides real-time interactive mentorship for youth. Pentor will receive seed funding and incubation at Affinis Labs, a start-up incubator that specializes in supporting businesses that can have a positive social impact....
SDR asks what use is there with dialogs when the definition fiend and enemy has not been clearly defined? And the second question would be if there is not international organ except UN to react then we certainly are at the end of times as UN does not react on anything islamist. just like the recent weekend of terror. We art SDR question the ongoing politically correct hiding the identity of most 99% of all the worlds terror that just increases the more anonymity it get. Christianity has many shapes and so does Jewishm however non of the two have had wars fought out since the days of Martin Luther. Its time that the one religion now enjoying anonymity would have to recognise the impact its violence has on the entire world! Please continue reading the original story on the link above.