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Understanding the ISIS Threat to the Homeland

In the past year, over 100 Americans have gone to join the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist groups in the region, indicating that homegrown violent extremism is on the rise. What does it mean for us here in Montgomery County? On October 8, 2014 from 5-8pm, our international expert panel […]

Hillary Clinton, Former US Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady

2014 US-Islamic World Forum

WORDE hosted a working group in this year’s Brookings’ US- Islamic World Forum conference in Doha, Qatar from June 9-11, 2014. This year’s Forum was entitled “Islam and Inclusion” and focused on challenges and solutions to inclusion issues relevant to Islam and global Muslim communities in the context of governance, academia, religious institutions and civil […]

Mehreen Farooq speaks at the Women's National Democratic Club

Women’s Role in Peacebuilding in Afghanistan

On April 30, 2014, Senior Fellow, Mehreen Farooq presented at the Women’s National Democratic Club on Women’s role in Peacebuilding in Afghanistan. The event was sponsored by Silke Endress, a professional women’s magazine, as part of their World Without Borders Connecting Women to Power series. The series intends to gather women together to continue the dialogue on […]


Afghans Get Busy Helping Themselves

Wall Street Journal | Sept. 2, 2014 7:11 p.m. ET Traveling the country, we saw a vibrant civil society beginning to emerge. By Waleed Ziad, and Mehreen Farooq Afghans hoped to achieve a milestone this summer in their country’s history with President Hamid Karzai’s transfer of power and the inauguration of the next president. Those […]

An Innovative Approach to Countering Violent Extremism

The Washington Institute, PolicyWatch 2152 | October 9, 2013 This article is part 2 of a series on violent extremism in the United States; read part 1, which discusses the Fort Hood case. Homegrown violent extremism (HVE) remains one of America’s greatest national security threats. According to former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano, “One of […]


2013 RAND study on radicalization cites WORDE report on a Community Based Approach to Countering Radicalization and interview with Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi

A new RAND report entitled, “Promoting Online Voices for Countering Violent Extremism” by Todd C. Helmus, Erin York, and Peter Chalk was an extensive study on the effects of social media and other online resources to counter violent narratives. The authors of the report describe how al -Qa’ida and its followers have used the Internet […]

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WORDE Report: Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond

WORDE Report Seeks to Leverage Civil Society to Secure Peace & Stability in Afghanistan Post 2014

For Immediate Release Monday, February 17, 2014 WORDE REPORT SEEKS TO LEVERAGE CIVIL SOCIETY TO SECURE PEACE AND STABILITY IN AFGHANISTAN POST 2014 Washington, DC | On February 19, 2014, the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) will launch its groundbreaking report, Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond: The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding […]

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WORDE Report: Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond

Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond: The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding and Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Report, February 2014  | Authors: Hedieh Mirahmadi, Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad   Based on fieldwork in 35 cities and villages across 15 provinces in Afghanistan with community activists, religious leaders, and tribal elders, WORDE researchers have explored how Afghan civil society has created innovative strategies to push back against extremism. Their research explores best […]

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