By Eric Rosand and Madeline Rose | September 16, 2016
This week marks the first anniversary of United States President Barack Obama’s unprecedented gathering of world leaders and 120 civil society groups at the United Nations to call for a “whole of society” effort to defeat the Islamic State and prevent violent extremism taking root around the world. Obama’s message was clear: governments cannot do it alone. Communities themselves—families, friends, faith leaders, teachers, social service workers, and neighbors—are the best partners in preventing people from being radicalized to violence. Many in the room affirmed that sentiment. A year later, to what extent has this call been heard and acted upon? The scorecard is mixed.