Global insecurity and new media are giving violent extremists of all stripes an increasingly robust platform to proselytize and organize. Unfortunately, there is no similar global platform to bring together moderate voices to promote peace, security and equality.
The EastWest Institute’s Countering Violent Extremism Initiative works to create a positive vision of diversity and to build a platform to help moderate voices spread this vision.
The initiative consists of three parts:
- The Charter for a Global Public Square, which will bring together thought leaders to create a positive vision for a global movement of moderates, and to promote this vision through diplomatic and youth networks
- The Global Youth Collaborative, which will aggregate and guide youth-driven ideas to address violent extremism in their communities
- The Faith and Diplomacy Task Force, which will bring together people of faith in government and diplomatic networks to identify and respond to key challenges and opportunities facing faith leadership today.
Our work raises awareness among civil society and policymakers by discovering and promoting the antidotes to violent extremism. We are taking what already exists around the world through thought leadership and viral campaigning and using it to reach new and broader audiences, again with particular attention to youth.