The White House yesterday hosted, Summit on Countering Violent Extremism with local practitioners and civil society leaders from more than 60 nations of many faiths, including Muslim, who gathered to highlight the community-led efforts that can prevent terrorist recruitment and infiltration. The potential threat may have grown because of the excitement the Islamic State has created among some young Muslims.
Mostly it was to talk about facts, realities, what is at stake, and how we can engage countries where there are significant challenges, and to take those realities and put them into a real strategy that we all implement together. The violent extremist ideologies that underpin today’s terrorist threats and its spread are not found on the battlefield, but rather in mindsets, and within communities, schools, and families. So we have a broad challenge here.
Why do people make what to many of us would seem to be an utterly wrongheaded choice and become the kind of terrorists that we’re seeing?
Certainly, there is no single answer, but how to counter the violent extremism It’s a questions that we need to approach with humility, but also with determination, because you cannot defeat what you don’t understand.
Knowledge of the other must be put to the task of better knowing.
We need to identify and amplify credible voices, expanding religious and other education that promotes tolerance and peace and respect for all religions. Freedom of religion is also in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Those were some of the messages in Remarks by John Kerry Secretary of State White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. No one country, no one army, no one group is going to be able to respond to this adequately. And we see that in the numbers of countries that are now being touched by it.
- The partnership against violent extremism has room for anyone who is willing to respect the fundamental rights and dignity of other human beings.This also implies the right of every individual to develop their identity and their own personality and to have a fair say on matters that may have a direct impact on them.
We have a broad challenge here.
Why is there so little interest in international relations scholars having knowledge of societies other than their own? Why is there so little teaching about the perspective of foreign policy to counter violent extremism?
All this is the more serious because, for most of its history, the politics of international relations have been spatially circumscribed. Traditionally the discipline´s concern was with “high politics”. It surveyed the world from the “top down”. Even now there is a resistance in some part of the world to addressing the impact of international processes on the lives of ordinary people: And that world politics takes different forms at the grass roots.
In U.S. the U.S. Diplomacy Center, which is in fulllspeed, will be the first museum and education center in the United States dedicated to telling the story of America’s diplomats and explaining to the public why diplomacy matters.
The Washington Summit on Countering Violent Extremism stabilise the order of things.
As President Obama said, “Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies”. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
In the face of this challenge, President Obama said “we must stand united internationally and here at home.
By working along with these lines our goal today is to take this chance to think broadly about how to prevent violent ideologies from taking hold, and how to prevent terrorist networks such as ISIL or Boko Haram or any group of other names from linking up with aggrieved groups elsewhere, and how to prevent them from thereby expanding their influence.
These questions direct attention to the politics here and there and between self and the other. Whether in classrooms or houses of worship or over the internet or on TV, our message is very straightforward.
- Whatever one’s individual experience might be, there are no grounds of history, religion, ideology, psychology, politics or economic disadvantage, or personal ambition that will ever justify the killing of children, the kidnapping or rape of teenage girls, or the slaughter of unarmed civilians. These atrocities cannot be rationalized; they cannot be excused. They must be opposed and they must be stopped.
The attacks in Brussels, Paris and Copenhagen shook our continent. Once again, years after London and Madrid, we were brutally reminded that terrorism is a global and European threat.
Terrorism targets not just the security of people, but also freedom of speech and diversity”.
Those were some of the messages EU High Representative Federica Mogherini delivered in a speech yesterday at the Washington Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.
Countering the violent extremism that is driving today’s terrorist threats and stemming its spread is a generational challenge. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are committed to countering today’s threats, and building capacity. In Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, ongoing programs focus on strengthening understanding of the local drivers of violent extremism.
This includes research and trend analysis that focuses on gender and governance through “Regional Violent Risk Assessments” in Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, and Uganda. The United States is also supporting civil society practitioners and partner governments to share the latest research on CVE through workshops, online trainings, and in practice.
The EU has also defined its vision through the EU Strategy on Prevention of Radicalization and Recruitment. EU is increasing its efforts and its role for solving the many conflicts and crisis that lay the ground for terrorist groups to recruit and prosper, from Sinai to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, from Middle East to Libya.
The European Union and each of its Member States are determined to do their part.As EU High Representative Federica Mogherini laid out the EU’s next steps to counter violent extremism, she said that prevention and education are core elements to its strategy