Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)

Google Ideas, Google's new "think/do" tank, in association with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Tribeca Film Festival, convened a summit against violent extremism in Dublin, Ireland, from June 26 to 29, 2011. The summit brought together more than sixty "formers"—from inner-city gang members and right-wing militants to violent nationalists and religious extremists—for three days of debates and workshops. The "formers" have rejected violence and actively and publicly work against such violent extremism, either through their own or other nonprofit organizations. Jared Cohen, CFR adjunct senior fellow and director of Google Ideas, directed the event.

The summit initiated discussions on understanding how young people become radicalized, how to discourage them from making a transition to violence, how to deradicalize those who are currently engaged in violent extremism, and the role of technology in these areas. It also served as a platform for developing partnerships among NGOs, fostering collaboration between private and public organizations, and offering new analysis for the debate over the best ways to prevent and counter radicalization.

With "formers" from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, and Europe, the summit included a broad range of perspectives. Survivors of violent extremism, along with more than one hundred delegates from civil society organizations, academia, technology companies, government, media, and the private sector, also attended.

Since violent extremism is an ongoing challenge, the summit was meant to serve as the beginning of a conversation. The results of this conversation—such as background papers, policy proposals, multimedia features, and further CFR resources on issues surrounding radicalization—will appear on this page.

Related Materials

Please visit www.againstviolentextremism.org and www.youtube.com/formers for additional materials from the Summit Against Violent Extremism.

Conference Papers

Conference Agenda

Finding Common Ground Between Different Extremes

Speakers: Susan Cruz, Director, Sin Fronteras, TJ Leyden, Cofounder and Executive Director, Hate2Hope, Maajid Nawaz, Executive Director, Quilliam Foundation
Moderator: Gill Hicks, Founder, MAD for Peace
Introductory Speaker: Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 27, 2011 9:45–11:00 a.m.

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Patterns of Radicalization: Common Origins but Different Extremes

Speakers: Imam Nurayn Ashafa, Cofounder, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Edward L. Gibson, Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Angela King, Consultant, Sammy Rangel, Safe Streets Outreach Program
Moderator: Farah A. Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
June 27, 2011 2:00–2:50 p.m.

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Crossing the Threshold: Justifying and Renouncing Violence

Speakers: Usama Hasan, Imam and Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Moe Muhamed, Founder, Generation Islam, Henry Robinson, Founder, Families Against Intimidation and Terror, James Muvel Wuye, Cofounder, Interfaith Mediation Centre
Moderator: Amanda Lindhout, Executive Director, Global Enrichment Foundation
June 27, 2011 2:55–3:45 p.m.

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Fostering Deradicalization: Countering Risks and Increasing Rewards

Speakers: Paul Carrillo, Executive Director, Southern California Crossroads, Yasmin Mulbocus, Cofounder, MAWAH, Nahum Pachenik, Founder, Eretz Shalom, Tad Stringam, Public Speaker
Moderator: Christopher Isham, Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief and Vice President, CBS
June 27, 2011 4:20–5:10 p.m.

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Day One Closing Remarks

Closing Speaker: Ed Husain, Council on Foreign Relations
June 27, 2011 5:25–6:00 p.m.

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Colombia: Leveraging Formers and Turning the Tide Against Violent Extremism

Speakers: Vera Grabe, Director, Center for Peace, Mark Henderson, Documentarian, Ricardo Ramirez, Former Member, FARC, Benildo Tijeras Maldonado, Former Member, FARC, Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Former President of Colombia
June 28, 2011 9:00–10:00 a.m.

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Mother-to-Mother: A Conversation with Aicha el-Wafa

Speakers: Aicha El-Wafa, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
June 28, 2011 10:00–10:30 a.m.

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Understanding Ideology and Identity as Part of the Radicalization Process

Speakers: Noman Benotman, Senior Analyst, Quilliam Foundation, Gerry Foster, Community Worker, Teach Na Failte, Arno Michaels, Executive Director, Life After Hate, Ben Owens, Executive Director, Detours Mentoring Group
Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
June 28, 2011 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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Deformed Social Network

Speakers: Mario Van Niekerk, GCU Academy, Ruth Rach, Teacher, Mubin Shaikh, PhD student, Tim Zaal, Consultant, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Moderator: Shona Brown, Senior Vice President, Google
June 28, 2011 12:00–1:00 p.m.

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Changing Directions: Countering Violent Extremism with Positive Activism

Speakers: Rudy Corpuz, Founding Member, United Playaz, Imam Muhammad Sani Isa, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Tahir Wadood Malik, Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network, Frank Meeink, Director, Harmony Through Hockey, Abu Muntasir, Founder and Chief Executive, JIMAS
Moderator: Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 28, 2011 2:00–2:45 p.m.

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Day Two Closing Remarks

Speakers: Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
June 28, 2011 3:00–4:00 p.m.

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CFR Experts on Radicalization