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The 2011 Concordia Summit

Sept. 26 | NYC

Building Partnerships Against Extremism

Concordia hosted its inaugural Summit in New York City on September 20th, 2011. The event examined the international fight against terrorism and the struggle to combat the breeding of extremist thought. It provided an unprecedented platform for the transformation of dialogue between private and public entities, laying the groundwork for the development of successful and transformational partnerships.

Former Homeland Security Advisor and Leadership Council Member Frances Townsend interviewed President George W. Bush after his keynote remarks on countering violent extremism.
President George W. Bush championed the importance of formal and strategic partnerships that provide real alternatives to repression and radicalism.
President George W. Bush emphasized the need for a diverse private-public sector effort that will counter the threats of extremism in the post-9/11 era.
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Keynote

President George W. Bush

Following the 10th anniversary of 9/11, George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, delivered the 2011 Concordia Summit keynote address. President Bush’s remarks were followed by a conversation with former Homeland Security Advisor, Frances Townsend.

In the simulation exercise, task force members discussed the immediate challenges for the international community in the event of a terrorist attack.
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski of Poland remarks on the need for close collaboration and timely intelligence sharing among nations after an attack.
The task force discusses the most effective strategies for countering extremism at home and abroad.
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Terrorist ATtack Simulation

The inaugural Concordia Summit featured a live simulation depicting an emergency meeting of global leaders in the event of a terrorist attack. Select attendees played the roles of world leaders working together to confront a crisis of global proportions.

President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Ambassador John Negroponte, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, General Montgomery Meigs, Frances Townsend, Sheridan Snyder, and Former Assistant Director of the New York FBI Office, Pasquale D’Amuro all participated in this simulation.

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“Concordia is a good platform to be more interconnected with mutual understanding with a common courageous approach to solving the world's problems.” President Aleksander Kwaśniewski of Poland
President of Colombia Álvaro Uribe urges world leaders to take quick and decisive steps to denounce extremist ideologies.
President Álvaro Uribe notes the efficacy of public-private partnerships in adding value to traditional economies and serving as a buffer against the appeal of violent groups.
Ambassador John Negroponte stresses the importance of political security in soliciting further investment in Latin America.
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Private sector stake in Combating radicalism

The afternoon session began with a conversation between former President of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte discussed the importance of the private sector in the fight against extremism and the security of Colombia and South America.

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“Concordia will have enormous significance around the world. As President of Colombia, I have seen firsthand the positive effects and immense efficiencies that [public-private partnerships] have on changing the world and impacting communities.” President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, former President of Colombia
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Solutions Sessions

Summit participants were invited to participate in small breakout sessions, addressing fronts on which enhanced public-private sector collaboration might more effectively combat global terrorist organizations, including Public Diplomacy, Homegrown Terrorism, Financing, and Narcoterrorism. The sessions were developed in partnership with Synectics World, a global consulting firm.

Day 1

September 26 - Ritz Carlton Battery Park

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Remarks from President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Formal Introduction to The Concordia Summit

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Keynote Address:

George W. Bush, 43rd President of USA

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Keynote Interview

A conversation with former Homeland Security Advisor FrancesTownsend

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Opening Remarks

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm A Conversation with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia and Ambassador John Negroponte.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Remarks from Governor Thomas Kean, Chairman of the 9/11 Commission

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Simulation: Chaired by Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Break for Attendees

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Simulation-Based Breakout Sessions

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Debriefing Session

6:30 pm Summit Conclusion

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