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CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism

February 23, 2016 • 8:30 – 10:00 am EST

Keynote Remarks by:
Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and
Co-Chair of the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism

Hosted by:
Shannon N. Green
Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Human Rights Initiative and Managing Director of the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism

Introductory Remarks by:
John J. Hamre
President and Chief Executive Officer of CSIS

Closing Remarks by:
Farah Pandith and Juan Zarate
Senior Advisers to the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism

The CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) will play a unique role in shaping a national debate on CVE policies and approaches, concentrating on how to better counter extremist ideologies and reduce their appeal around the world. Over the coming months, the Commission will develop new and innovative ideas for undercutting extremists' radicalization and recruitment efforts and prepare a comprehensive strategy for CVE that marshals all elements of national and international power. Join us as we launch this exciting effort at CSIS.


  • Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Leon Panetta, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Former Secretary of Defense

Managing Director of the Commission

  • Shannon N. Green, Senior Fellow and Director, CSIS Human Rights Initiative

Senior Advisers and Commissioners

  • Farah Pandith, Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Juan Zarate, Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combatting Terrorism and Senior Adviser, CSIS


  • Ahmed Abbadi, Secretary General, Mohammadian League of Scholars, Morocco
  • Scott Atran, Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Founding Fellow, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, University of Oxford
  • Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Chairman of Spitzberg Partners, LLC, Distinguished Statesman at CSIS, and Former Minister of Defense of Germany
  • Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Advisor
  • Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California
  • Fred Khosravi, Co-Founder and Partner, Incept, LLC and Board Member, CSIS
  • Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace
  • Mohamed Magid, Imam, All Dulles Area Muslim Society and Chairman, International Interfaith Peace Corps
  • Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Vali Nasr, Dean and Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Mark Penn, President and Managing Partner, The Stagwell Group
  • Dina Powell, Head of Global Impact Investing, Goldman Sachs and Former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy
  • Jane Rosenthal, Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises and Co-Founder, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute
  • Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
  • Frances Townsend, Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews and Forbes Incorporated
  • Kent Walker, General Counsel, Google
  • Jay Winik, Author and Historian


**Please note that attendance at this event is by invitation only. Invitations are non-transferable.

This event and the CSIS Commission on Countering Violent Extremism are made possible by generous support from founding member Mark Penn, as well as additional support from Fred Khosravi.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Juan C. Zarate
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative

Shannon N. Green