Countering Violent Extremism to be Explored at D.C. Symposium April 6 & 7

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The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and more than 150 experts will explore challenges and next steps in countering and preventing violent extremism during an April 6 and 7 symposium in Washington, D.C., Creative Associates International & IPSI announce.

Countering Violent Extremism Symposium

The CVE Symposium will delve into how we disrupt the agendas of extremists, how we reimagine interventions to undermine their attraction, how we counter their messages and more.

The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and more than 150 experts will explore challenges and next steps in countering and preventing violent extremism during an April 6 and 7 symposium, Creative Associates International and the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) announced. (

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will be the keynote speaker April 6 at the CVE Symposium, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. Media is invited to cover the CVE Symposium.

In addition to Secretary Johnson, other speakers include:

  • Russell Porter, Executive Director, Countering Violent Extremism Secretariat, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Hedieh Mirahmadi, President and Founder of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
  • Steven Siqueria, Deputy Director, U.N. Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office and Counter-Terrorism Centre

Attendees include policymakers, diplomats, development practitioners, researchers and others in advancing the substantive outcomes from the 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and the U.N. General Assembly in September.

A CVE Symposium agenda is available online.


Creative Associates International supports communities in the transition from conflict to peace by sharing expertise and experience in citizen security, education, economic growth, governance and stabilization. (

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 25 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.


The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) empowers the next generation of peacemakers. Founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict, IPSI facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners and advocates. (

The Institute develops comprehensive training programs, advances scholarly research, and promotes efforts to raise public awareness of peace and security issues.

Working press may cover the CVE Symposium. The registration fee is waived for working press. To accommodate demand and ensure space, prior registration is required. For additional details or to register as a member of the media, please call (202) 966-5804.

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