Session 3 – Dialogue and Trust: Real Lessons in Countering Violent Extremism
Acts of terror driven by extremism have come to dominate news headlines worldwide. These attacks have far-reaching consequences for individual families, communities, nations, and international relations.
While recognized as a global crisis, efforts to address the roots of radicalism and counter violent extremism can most effectively be addressed at a local level by community and faith leaders who are best positioned to identify those at risk and provide a path to peace and non-violence.
Panelists explored the root causes of violent extremism, discussed current recruitment and radicalization methods, drew attention to resources and counter-narratives to confront violent extremist messaging, and highlighted the importance of building trust within communities.
- H.E. Amani Abeid Karume, Former President, Republic of Zanzibar
- Kawa Hassan, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program, EastWest Institute
- Dr. Chetan Kumar, Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding to the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP, Philippines
- Col. Steve Miska, (Ret), USA Military, Director, First Amendment Voice
- Moderator: Imam Talib Shareef, President, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque