More than 100 youth activists and government officials from dozens of countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan, will participate in the Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism, which will take place on September 28 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
The public-private event, co-hosted by the State Department, Counter Extremism Project, and Search for Common Ground, will feature a number of senior U.S. government officials, including Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.
The Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism will build upon a sustained global, grassroots effort – spearheaded by young people all over the world – to build resilience against extremism. The Summit will highlight new ideas on how to best build resilience in each of the communities represented, and give youth an opportunity to engage their peers in the development of locally-sourced answers that address societal challenges.
Participants will present key recommendations from the Global Youth Summit in the form of a Youth Action Agenda at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism that President Obama will convene at the UN on September 29.
Members of the press are invited to attend. Please email Virginia Blakeman at BlakemanVH@state.gov for more information and to RSVP.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."