President Obama Speaks at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, February 19, 2015 [video] [open html - 167KB]
This is a video of President Barack Obama's address at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism held on February 18, 2015. The president touched on international cooperation to counter extremism, border security to prevent foreign fighters from joining extremist groups, and factors that helped paved the way for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Boko Haram. His key points included the following: (1) combining the efforts of civil, religious, and political leaders to reject sectarian differences; (2) countering ideologies, such as ISIL's use of Islam to justify their violence; (3) addressing the grievances that terrorists exploit as recruiting tools including poverty, corruption, education (especially for female youth), injustice, disorder, and instability; (4) addressing the political grievances that terrorists exploit as recruiting tools including oppression, denial of human rights, denial of the democratic process, and freedom of religion; and (5) ensuring freedom of religion and ethnicity in order to avoid ostracizing members of the community and making them a target for extremist recruitment. John Kerry introduces the president at the 25:07 mark, and the president begins his speech at the 27:35 mark.
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White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. White House, Washington, DC. February 18-19, 2015