Collaboration in Countering Violent Extremism: Reflections on Habitat III

By Daniel Hooton, Strong Cities Network Associate   For a field that prides itself on maxims of prevention, pre-emption, and stopping extremist violence at source, we don’t work enough with other sectors and apply the lessons we ourselves urge others to take up. Were we to do so, we could make our work more effective,…
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Strong Cities Network Global Summit Report

The SCN Global Summit brought together more than 200 delegates from across the globe to discuss the role of cities, towns and regions in countering violent extremism in all its forms. Read our Summit report for an overview of the event’s key themes and presentations, the SCN plan of action for the next 18 months,…
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Official Statement of Solidarity with Istanbul

Strong Cities Network stands in solidarity with Istanbul June 29, 2016 We the Mayors, Governors and local authority leaders of the Strong Cities Network are deeply saddened by the horrific terrorist attack on Istanbul Atatürk Airport yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of…
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Official Statement of Solidarity with Orlando, Florida

Strong Cities Network stands in solidarity with Orlando June 14, 2016 We the Mayors, Governors and local authority leaders of the Strong Cities Network are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific attack that took place in the City of Orlando this week. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences on behalf of…
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Secretary of State John Kerry Gives Support for the Strong Cities Network Global Summit

The Strong Cities Network (SCN), run by the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), brought together key stakeholders for the first Strong Cities Network Global Summit which took place in Antalya, Turkey on 11-12 May. US Secretary of State John Kerry has recorded a video highlighting the importance of the Strong Cities Network and the…
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First-Ever Global Summit Of Cities Reinforces Powerful Message For Countering Extremism at the Local Level

More than 200 representatives from 50 global cities met last week in Antalya, Turkey last week for the premiere Strong Cities Network Global Summit to explore the role of municipalities in countering violent extremism. More than 200 representatives from 50 global cities met in Antalya, Turkey last week for the premiere Strong Cities Network Global…
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In the spotlight: US Secretary John Kerry’s speech at SCN International Visitors Leadership Program

The Strong Cities Network received a resounding endorsement from US Secretary of State John Kerry, as he addressed a delegation of SCN members participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program in Washington DC. Secretary Kerry spoke passionately on the need to tackle the drivers of extremism from the community level and praised the work of…
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Beyond Narco-Trafficking: The Lessons of Medellín

Authors: Daniel Hooton & Sabine Barton, Strong Cities Network Once branded the world’s most dangerous city, Colombia’s second city has transformed into a vibrant hub for innovation, putting inclusion and cohesion at the centre of its efforts to tackle violent crime. The valuable lessons learnt along the way reach far beyond drug crime and can be…
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