Tony Blair and Countering Violent Extremism: The VICE News Interview

After leaving office in 2007, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair endured criticism for his role in the Iraq War and controversy surrounding his selection as a United Nations peace envoy in the Middle East.

No longer an envoy, Blair has now come to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC to kick off a commission on countering violent extremism (CVE). Together with his co-chair, former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Blair plans to provide the next US president with advice on combating what he sees as an existential threat.

VICE News sits down with Blair to discuss what he, Panetta, and the CVE commission hope to achieve.

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