What Solutions Do You Think Are Most Critical To Countering Violent Extremism?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 20, 2015
Graphic From the White House Summit To Counter Violent Extremism

This week, the White House hosted a Summit to Counter Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence.  These efforts have become even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks throughout the world. At the Summit, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "Our goal today is to take this chance to think broadly about how to prevent violent ideologies from taking hold, and how to prevent terrorist networks…from linking up with aggrieved groups elsewhere, and how to prevent them from thereby expanding their influence."

Secretary Kerry described this effort as the "the defining fight of our generation" and a task not just for governments but everyone, including civil society, the faith community, foundations and philanthropists, and the private sector.  The Secretary urged the Summit participants to provide their ideas and suggestions on how we can counter violent extremism, and we ask you:

What solutions do you think are most critical to countering violent extremism?

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Jarad B.
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Iowa, USA
February 20, 2015
How about starting by identifying where this "violent extremism" comes from: radical Islam. Even Max Fisher is advocating for this: vox. com/2015/2/19/8065143/obama-isis-islam "If Obama wishes to guard against Islamophobia and to combat dangerous ideas like O'Reilly's, he should acknowledge that religion is indeed a factor in this violence. While ISIS's Islam is reviled and rejected by the overwhelming majority of Muslims, the group and others like it are at least in part an earnest religious phenomenon, motivated by not-wholly-inaccurate revivals of puritanical medieval Islam, as well as by more modern — but still Islamic — strains of political Islamism. It is important for Americans to see that, and to see that their president sees it. Obama should honestly address the conversation about Islamist extremism that many Americans are already having. Ignoring this conversation will only make it worse."
alexey s.
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Russia
February 20, 2015
Violant extremism is a real treat for civilization. Violence is the way of discussion for atavistic person. While the human population still growing, the number of dissocial disorders growing as well.
Dan C.
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Ohio, USA
February 20, 2015
For once,I agree with Bill Clinton.It should be handled by local law enforcement.
Charles H.
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District Of Columbia, USA
February 20, 2015
What if we analyzed Internet browsing patterns of at-risk/potential extremists and used innovative microtargetting (often used in political campaigns) to run pro-Western ads on their communications devices (computers, cell phones, tablets, etc.)? This would let us define the US to these potential extremists instead of letting ISIL/ other terrorist groups define us.
Kim H.
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New York, USA
February 20, 2015
NAME THE ENEMY: Radical ISLAMIC Terrorists.
Cory H.
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Indiana, USA
February 20, 2015
Definitely not giving Islamic terrorists jobs! We need to give our allies in the Middle East (Jordan for example ) the weapons they need. Unfortunately, the only way to combat them is to destroy it. Ground troops with air power is the solution. The evil perpetrated by ISIS is not going to be stopped by having a summit. More innocent people will be murdered if we don't take the lead.
Carlos G.
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Venezuela
February 20, 2015
Keep fighting against violent extremists and terrorists on their "turf", but it would be less expensive and more effective to identify supporters (of any kind) in countries like Venezuela, with suspiciously sympathetic regimes, in order to block their ability to do so, thus cutting their funding, limiting recruiting grounds and exposing their international apologists.
Htun P.
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Washington, USA
February 20, 2015
I think that violent extremism is prevalent nowaday so we need to stop it systematically.We must destroy the ideology of violent extremism and radicalism.Then,we must destroy all terrorists so no terrorists can survive.We must stop recruitment of new terrorists.We must damage terrorists funds.We must prepare Homeland security effectively.
Philip C.
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Maryland, USA
February 20, 2015
Violent Extremism will only ever be overcome by those that are most affected by it. The peoples of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Jordan, etc. have a responsibility to weed out terrorists in their lands by the most swift and effective methods. The United States has a vested interest in removing these harbingers of hate and violence from the world and should take military leadership of this task. The citizens of these United States don't agree with this administrations premise that this current assault of violent extremism can be degraded and destroyed by creating jobs and being more inclusive. Will a future world be more peaceful and safe if the Middle East was more democratic and free? Of course! But nothing that this summit addressed will do anything to solve the very real danger of violent attacks on these United States or her allies today. United States citizens have already been killed at the hands of these violent extremists; how many more must die before high-brow chatter becomes responsible action and actual leadership?
Cathy S.
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California, USA
February 20, 2015
Close the border..durrfffff..seems so simple...uphold the laws already on the books. Millions have entered this country LEGALLY...and LEGALLY remains the operative word here. As a taxpayer I don't have enough money to support my own family much less anybody else's family! I work in the health industry and we are ALREADY struggling to serve our community..you add thousands to those roles, and we just can't do it. We need jobs for AMERICAN WORKERS..not jobs for those that corporate American welcomes because they know they can pay them crap..and the money they earn will NOT be plowed back into this country..go to any Quickie Mart on Saturday and see the MILLIONS being wired back to their home countries. and OH YEAH..IT SHOULD BE LAW YOU MUST SPEAK ENGLISH..I am so frickin' tired of "pushing 1 for English"..I shouldn't have to push anything..THEY should be speaking ENGLISH
Guy L.
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South Carolina, USA
February 20, 2015
Too late. Violent ideologies have already taken hold. Mission now is to search and destroy (kill) all individuals and nations who participate in or support the violence. Suggest starting with the islamic terrorist organization known as ISIS.
Margaret D.
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District Of Columbia, USA
February 20, 2015
A few thoughts on critical ways to counter violence extremism: 1) The internet is a breeding ground for extremism and recruitment into extremist groups like ISIS. Therefore, it's important that we try to get those who are susceptible to recruitment away from the computers. That's where our public diplomacy programs, english-language programs, cultural programs, are key. But they have to start reaching more marginalized and vulnerable communities and consider changing program guidelines in order to open up programming to a wider group of people--not just those who are educated. 2) Context, context, context. What works for preventing online recruitment in some places will not work in other places. Does Boko Haram recruit militants online? Why are Americans susceptible to recruitment by ISIS but no Boko Haram, for instance? One overal global CVE strategy means nothing unless we consider local context. 3) Women. Consider the critical role women play in families, either in promoting extremist ideologies or being a force of prevention and resilience. But in CVE programming that targets women, look beyond micro finance or vocational educational programming. Community education, adult literacy--these are long term investments that can make a difference in individuals' and families' lives.
Jeffrey S.
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Arizona, USA
February 20, 2015
First we need to name them REGARDLESS OF WHO OR WHAT THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARE. Then we have to go after them no matter where they are in the world. We also need to have not only a strategy but a plan to destroy them completely. I have decided to start carrying for my own protection because Obama and his Administration won't do it. Hell they in fact keep releasing terrorist from Gitmo and prison. And most of them are going back home and back to fighting.
John L.
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North Carolina, USA
February 20, 2015
Quit encouraging the radical extremists with "politically correct" speech(es) and inaction. Speak loudly and carry an extremely large club.
Jesus F.
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United States
February 20, 2015
Preaching repentance and turning back to God is the best way to counter violent extremism. Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me." If people are transformed by God and have his love in their hearts, they will not commit acts of violent extremism.
Ray Z.
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Florida, USA
February 20, 2015
The best solution I can think of is to elect serious people who will deal decisively with radical Islamic terror and reject the incompetents now in charge.
Diana M.
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Florida, USA
February 20, 2015
Close the borders. Stop allowing people from terrorist-infested Muslim countries into the US. It's not my neighborhood that's producing the terrorists. Identify the problem honestly.
waldo t.
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Texas, USA
February 20, 2015
encourage all Islamic leaders in the US to absolutely and unequivocally LOUDLY DENOUNCE all violence done in the name of Islam. and encourage all their followers to do the same. silence is assent.
Terry x.
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West Virginia, USA
February 20, 2015
Honestly, this is a joke - right??
Barbara L.
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Arizona, USA
February 20, 2015
Seriously?? U have highly trained, well paid experts to make such decisions. And u want my opinion?? I'm a nurse and I certainly wouldn't ask your opinion on my patient's health status! You don't need to placate the masses by reaching out for their opinions. That's condescending!! Do your job Obama!!
Troy R.
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Indiana, USA
February 20, 2015
The first step to countering violent extremism is identifying it, giving it a name--which, by the way, the State Department of the current Administration adamantly refuses to do, thus dooming to failure any efforts to counter it. Thousands of people are going to die horribly and unnecessarily because of this Administration's almost surreal efforts to avoid speaking the truth in plain and straightforward terms.
Allen S.
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United States
February 20, 2015
Fuel Air Explosives. Liberally applied to the murderous apocalyptic death cult currently operating in Syria and Iraq. What the hell is wrong with you people?
Neno D.
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Illinois, USA
February 20, 2015
The US must broker a historic and lasting peace between Serbians and Albanians that will include concessions from the Kosovo Albanians. Otherwise the Balkan conflicts will eventually reignite since it is merely frozen.
Rebecca B.
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France
February 20, 2015
A few brief ideas: In the longterm, use pertinent & effective campaigns/programs to renew secular ethics with teenagers around the world. (Debate contests, philosophical curriculum...even teach the history of human rights & why certain nations do not accept them. Arts and other programs, too, can help erase marginalization.) Linked to the feeling of marginalization is a lack of sophisticated & nuanced, facilitation-style oral expression among teenagers which needs to be taught widely around the world. Such educational projects should not be undertaken by one nation alone, but in partnership with groups of foreign countries to move beyond "hokey" hero themes & simplistic clichés as seen in big budget movies which somehow come to represent American & Western ideals abroad. Young people today need meaning & need access to sincere paths to achieve it. A program of summer school or specialized summer camps can be a vector for ethical development through student-chosen focus (sport, dance, beaux arts, theater, music, film, as well as classical subjects) in an atmosphere of reduced grade pressures. Two summers at home and two abroad could provide invaluable understanding and hopefully reduce the plague of national rivalry for future generations. In the shorter term, attack the problem of extremists' appeal through addressing its solid-root in hate (of "the West"/"Imperialism"/"Colonialism" & its scars) which has become a rallying point for vague ideas of perceived unfairness, exclusiveness, hypocrisy (as most of the world sees no difference between "collateral damage"+torture and filmed executions--in fact, ironically, much of the world sees public executions by extremists as more daring and less hypocritical than technological/industrial wars fought behind a mask of justice). With Western political credibility ebbing, its values face broad skepticism. The West needs to explain why it works with some dictators, yet criticizes others--too many mixed messages over time have lessened respect for the West & broadened appeal for those who dare to challenge it. As for neutral unifying subjects, respect for the earth, ecology, is an obvious theme amongst the young, but only if industry & political power follow suit, or it won't be consistent and will serve to perpetuate the viewed double standard. As for tackling extremist groups more specifically, revealing the cult-like techniques used by them (be sure to investigate the use of auditory & visual subliminal influence in internet & gaming images), will help unmask their propaganda to their prey. Taking a clear, intellectually viable stand against bullying and intimidation would aid the world greatly, as it's a flourishing scourge which is, once again, moving through the cracks in international thought. In another vein, international criminal courts seem to have influence on a global level. Overall, violent extremism needs to be seen as a symptom of broader dysfunctions.
Laura D.
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Alabama, USA
February 20, 2015
Do you seriously expect us to believe that if we had given Bin Laden a job, he wouldn't have been a terrorist? Mohammed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers were all well-educated and from middle class backgrounds. Lack of jobs wasn't a problem. All these people were religious fanatics on a mission. Unless and until we recognize that and move to eradicate them, we will continue to have a problem.
Michael C.
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Indiana, USA
February 20, 2015

The only effective way of destroying the ideology that results in religious extremist violence is by 'striking at its theological roots' rather than 'hacking at its political branches' through violence, the diplomacy of force, or economic coercion.

ALL of the monotheistic religious 'authorities' deny that "the resurrection" was taught by Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus & Mohammed as a Doctrine of 'Rebirth'. It is this denial, as well as the denial of the Knowledge Revealed through the "Tree of Life"/Vision of the "Son of man"/"Night Journey" of Mohammed that is the foundation of the conflict, violence & bloodshed among and between Jews, Christians and Muslims. See, for example: http://unsealing-the-seven-seals.blogspot.com/2015/01/lyingabout-resurre... and the other notes on my website.

Michael (Daniel 12:1, Revelations 3:12 & Sura 2:98)

Gray W.
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Vermont, USA
February 20, 2015
LMAO. That phony "summit" was no more than free continental breakfasts and gift bags. The stupidity of the title of this article underlines the waste of taxpayer money - again -by the State Department. Not a word about beheadings, burning alive and the rest of the subhuman savagery from "the religion of peace." The State Department should stick to what they're good at: whining about their housing and PX privileges.
Dave P.
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California, USA
February 20, 2015
It begins with a commitment to truth. Even slogans can carry truth. "I can't breathe" reflected truth; "Don't shoot" with hands held high was a lie. ISIS is not religion, it is terrorism, is a lie. ISIS is not Islam, but it is Islamic, is the truth. The truth is vital. It clarifies motive and movement.
Larry C.
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Massachusetts, USA
February 20, 2015
So we've officially gone from leading, to leading from behind, to leading via suggestion boxes. Can the adults please be in charge again ,, SOON!!!
Tamara L.
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Canada
February 20, 2015
Traditional responses that focus on force and law can if undertaken without other forms of aid and empowerment further anger and marginalize already marginalized communities ultimately increasing rather than decreasing extremism. I believe there are five elements to effective counter terrorism that go beyond force that must be introduced in partnership with development partners: 1) Empowerment of marginalized individuals through respectful direct dialogue and created spaces for communities to engage as well as through educational opportunities and opportunities for these individuals to work and contribute to society. 2) Promotion of religious and cultural tolerance for example through youth exchanges, religious leader visits, etc. 3) Awareness raising and citizen engagement across the globe with a goal of empowering citizens to work together to integrate and empower the most marginalized and to alert authorities not just to acts of aggression but increasing isolation and/or radicalization of any individual. 4)Limiting of financing and weapons not just for terrorist activities which is increasingly possible to track and freeze but for conflict writ large. We can not have a $400 billion dollar industry in arms and add e.g. approximately 8 million AK 47s, grenade launchers etc to the world each year and expect to create a safer world. Particularly not in a world where radicalized individuals increasingly act alone and it is now possible in man developing countries to buy dangerous weapons for less than the cost of entry to Disney World. Greater gun regulation across North American as well as greater emphasis of Military-Industrial R&D personalizing and limiting access to any weapons produced based on the personal biological identity of authorized users (finger print trigger access), and focus on nano tech for protection. 5) Preventing failed states through early intervention including where necessary by force to prevent the sort of conflicts Iraq/Syria etc that become breeding grounds and training grounds for radical extremism. There are many more possible actions but often many of the actions taken despite good intentions, however inadvertently, increase rather than decrease risks - particularly when actions comes many years after initial intervention should have been taken. Tamara

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