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

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Finding Common Ground Between Different Extremes

Speakers Susan CruzDirector, Sin Fronteras, TJ LeydenCofounder and Executive Director, Hate2Hope, Maajid NawazExecutive Director, Quilliam Foundation
Moderator Gill HicksFounder, MAD for Peace
Introductory Speaker Jared CohenDirector, 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 Sammy RangelSafe Streets Outreach Program, Edward L. GibsonPrevention & Intervention Specialist, Angela KingConsultant, Imam Nurayn AshafaCofounder, Interfaith Mediation Centre
Moderator Farah A. PandithSpecial 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 HasanImam and Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, Moe MuhamedFounder, Generation Islam, Henry RobinsonFounder, Families Against Intimidation and Terror, James Muvel WuyeCofounder, Interfaith Mediation Centre
Moderator Amanda LindhoutExecutive 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 CarrilloExecutive Director, Southern California Crossroads, Yasmin MulbocusCofounder, MAWAH, Nahum PachenikFounder, Eretz Shalom, Tad StringamPublic Speaker
Moderator Christopher IshamWashington, 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 HusainCouncil 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 Alvaro Uribe VélezFormer President of Colombia, Vera GrabeDirector, Center for Peace, Ricardo RamirezFormer Member, FARC, Benildo Tijeras MaldonadoFormer Member, FARC, Mark HendersonDocumentarian
June 28, 2011 9:00–10:00 a.m.

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

Speakers Anne-Marie SlaughterPrinceton University, Aicha El-Wafa
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 BenotmanSenior Analyst, Quilliam Foundation, Arno MichaelsExecutive Director, Life After Hate, Ben OwensExecutive Director, Detours Mentoring Group, Gerry FosterCommunity Worker, Teach Na Failte
Moderator Anne-Marie SlaughterPrinceton University
June 28, 2011 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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Deformed Social Network

Speakers Mubin ShaikhPhD student, Ruth RachTeacher, Tim ZaalConsultant, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mario Van NiekerkGCU Academy
Moderator Shona BrownSenior 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 Frank MeeinkDirector, Harmony Through Hockey, Abu MuntasirFounder and Chief Executive, JIMAS, Imam Muhammad Sani IsaInterfaith Mediation Centre, Rudy CorpuzFounding Member, United Playaz, Tahir Wadood MalikPakistan Terrorism Survivors Network
Moderator Jared CohenDirector, 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 James M. LindsaySenior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations, Jared CohenDirector, Google Ideas and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Ed HusainSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 28, 2011 3:00–4:00 p.m.

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CFR Experts on Radicalization