Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism

Event overview:

On March 1, George Washington University's Program on Extremism and the State Department hosted international municipality and non-government organization leaders for dialogues as part of the "Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism" professional exchange program. Secretary of State John Kerry provided opening remarks for the conference. The Strong Cities Network is a global network of local authorities united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism.

The participants were in the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Following their time in Washington, D.C., they traveled to Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago to meet with state, city, and local leaders. The participants arrived from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The program was a lead-up to the inaugural Strong Cities Network Summit May 11-12, 2016, hosted by Antalya, Turkey, with support from the city of London.

Link to Secretary of State John Kerry's opening remarks can be found here