Root causes of extremism must be addressed, Kerry tells Davos crowd

January 23, 2015 9:47 PM

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DAVOS, Switzerland – The fight against violent extremism will continue for decades unless the root causes of despair and hopelessness are addressed, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in a speech to political and business elites at the World Economic Forum.

Though he provided no concrete program proposals for countering the allure of groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, Kerry called for a “global partnership” to address issues like poverty, rampant unemployment and the lack of accountability in government.

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