On 27 September 2013 at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the governments of Turkey and the United States announced the launch of the Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience (see: "U.S. and Turkey to Create Fund to Stem Extremism"). In preparation for the launch of the fund, CGCC hosted two off-the-record lunchtime discussions to solicit input on the global fund and raise awareness about the initiative.

New York, NY
CGCC’s New York office hosted an off-the-record lunchtime discussion on Tuesday, 17 September, from 12:30 to 2:15 pm.

Speakers included:

Richard Barrett, Senior Vice President for Special Projects, The Soufan Group; and Former Coordinator, UN Al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team;

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations;

Carol Bellamy, Chair, International Baccalaureate; Former Chair, Global Partnership for Education; and Former Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); and

Eric Rosand, Senior Advisor and GCTF Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism, US Department of State.

Washington, DC
CGCC's Washington DC office hosted an off-the-record lunchtime discussion from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Wednesday, 18 September.

Speakers included:

William McCants, Director, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution;

Carol Bellamy, Chair, International Baccalaureate; Former Chair, Global Partnership for Education; and Former Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); and

Eric Rosand, Senior Advisor and GCTF Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism, US Department of State.

These lunchtime discussions provided an early opportunity to learn more about the thinking behind the fund from those whom have contributed to its development, and for government and non-government experts to provide input on the initiative in advance of the 27 September announcement.

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