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Looking Over the Horizon

The United States Comprehensive Approach to Countering Violent Extremism

A Public Discussion with U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Dr Sarah Sewall

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President Obama hosted the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism on February 17-19, bringing together more than 300 participants from national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies, to launch a global movement to counter violent extremism.

This movement builds on existing military, law enforcement, and intelligence efforts to counter terrorism, and it emphasizes the important role that civil society and local communities must play, alongside national governments, in addressing the drivers of violent extremism. The goal is to expand CVE initiatives that can be used to address not only immediate threats, like ISIL, but also to build community resilience against the spread of violent extremism more broadly and prevent future threats.


>> Read Dr Sewall's remarks on the U.S. Department of State website

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