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

Conference Panel Session

Finding Common Ground Between Different Extremes

Introductory Speaker:

Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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
June 27, 2011 9:45-11:00 a.m.

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Conference Panel Session

Patterns of Radicalization: Common Origins but Different Extremes

Speakers:

Sammy Rangel, Safe Streets Outreach Program, Edward L. Gibson, Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Angela King, Consultant, Imam Nurayn Ashafa, Cofounder, Interfaith Mediation Centre

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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Conference Panel Session

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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Conference Panel Session

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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Conference Panel Session

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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Conference Panel Session

Colombia: Leveraging Formers and Turning the Tide Against Violent Extremism

Speakers:

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

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Conference Panel Session

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

Speakers:

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

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Conference Panel Session

Understanding Ideology and Identity as Part of the Radicalization Process

Speakers:

Noman Benotman, Senior Analyst, Quilliam Foundation, Arno Michaels, Executive Director, Life After Hate, Ben Owens, Executive Director, Detours Mentoring Group, Gerry Foster, Community Worker, Teach Na Failte

Moderator:

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
June 28, 2011 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Conference Panel Session

Deformed Social Network

Speakers:

Mubin Shaikh, PhD student, Ruth Rach, Teacher, Tim Zaal, Consultant, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mario Van Niekerk, GCU Academy

Moderator:

Shona Brown, Senior Vice President, Google
June 28, 2011 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Conference Panel Session

Changing Directions: Countering Violent Extremism with Positive Activism

Speakers:

Frank Meeink, Director, Harmony Through Hockey, Abu Muntasir, Founder and Chief Executive, JIMAS, Imam Muhammad Sani Isa, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Rudy Corpuz, Founding Member, United Playaz, Tahir Wadood Malik, Pakistan Terrorism Survivors Network

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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Conference Panel Session

Day Two Closing Remarks

Speakers:

James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations, 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
June 28, 2011 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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