The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism will focus on opposing extremist violence at the domestic and international levels. It was announced in January shortly after a series of attacks in Paris that left 12 dead at a French satirical magazine, and four dead at a kosher market.
The meetings will not focus solely on the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
ISIL has been a prime extremist recruiter drawing members from across the globe, including Europe and the U.S., to come to its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and has inspired extremists in North Africa, Europe and Canada to carry out grisly acts of violence.
The summit seeks to build upon a 2011 national strategy paper released by the administration that emphasized local outreach efforts to combat radicalization.
Vice President Joe Biden will open the summit with a roundtable discussion with representatives from three cities whose community outreach programs the administration seeks to highlight – Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
President Barack Obama will address a gathering at the White House on Wednesday, followed by an address to representatives from more than 60 countries at the State Department on Thursday.