The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy is pleased to announce its next official public meeting, which will focus on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) through Public Diplomacy. It will take place Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 -- 11:30 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385 in Washington, D.C. 20515.
Growing interest among governments to combat extremist violence raises questions regarding best practices, actor coordination, government-civil society relations, civil and human rights, public policy, among others. In addition to addressing the material and political conditions contributing to extremist attitudes and behavior, communications have been identified as a key variable in any transition towards or away from extremism. Agencies throughout government have directed resources to understand the role of media, including social media, in facilitating acceptance of extremist violence. Efforts to project American values, and explain U.S. foreign policy, play a central role in the global marketplace of ideas.
This panel aims to highlight the various ways in which public diplomacy can contribute to combatting extremism attitudes and violence around the world by highlighting best practices and lessons learned. The following experts will discuss social media campaigns, as well as development and resilience-building efforts that contribute to combatting extremism in the long-term:
Abbas Barzegar, Principal Investigator, Civic Approaches to Combatting Extremist Violence Initiative
Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO of the PeaceTech Lab at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Alicia Kearns, Director, Global Influence and former Head of Counter-ISIS Communications for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
Peter Mandaville, Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State's Office of Religion & Global Affairs
Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of New York City, Community Affairs Unit
The meeting is open to the public, Members and staff of Congress, federal government officials, the media, and representatives from non-governmental organizations. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. to allow for a prompt meeting start. Capitol security requires that we submit a list of names in advance so you must RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.
For media inquiries, please contact Chris Hensman through the contact link at the bottom of the page.