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Transatlantic Perspectives in Fighting Violent Extremism: Challenges and Strategies

Preventing violent extremism is one of the key challenges facing today’s policymakers. The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014, represents an innovative public-private partnership approach aimed at strengthening the resilience of local communities against violent extremist agendas. The panelists will explore and discuss the role GCERF can play in bringing together governments, civil society and the private sector to address violent extremism and its main drivers. They will also look into the broader international setting in which preventing violent extremist activities takes place today and discuss the best ways to go forward to coordinate international efforts.

Date & Time

Nov. 17, 2016
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Transatlantic Perspectives in Fighting Violent Extremism: Challenges and Strategies

The 3rd Annual Swiss Day marks the ongoing collaboration between the Wilson Center and the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.

Preventing violent extremism is one of the key challenges facing today’s policymakers. The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014, represents an innovative public-private partnership approach aimed at strengthening the resilience of local communities against violent extremist agendas.

The panelists will explore and discuss the role GCERF can play in bringing together governments, civil society and the private sector to address violent extremism and its main drivers. They will also look into the broader international setting in which preventing violent extremist activities takes place today and discuss the best ways to go forward to coordinate international efforts.

This event is held in co-operation with the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States.

Introductory Remarks

Ambassador Martin Dahinden
Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States

Andreas Kellerhals
Director, Europa Institut at the University of Zurich

Speakers

Stephan Husy
Ambassador-at-Large for International Counter-Terrorism, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affaires

Khalid Koser
Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund

Jytte Klausen
Wilson Center Fellow and Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation, Brandeis University

Lorenzo G. Vidino
Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

Moderator

Michael H. Van Dusen
Former Executive Vice President, The Wilson Center

Hosted By

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

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