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The Battle of Ideas 2.0: Combating ISIS Ideology at Home and Abroad

The Battle of Ideas 2.0: Combating ISIS Ideology at Home and Abroad Featuring HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein with remarks by Hedieh Mirahmadi
 and Matthew Levitt TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Stern Library and Conference Room) 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1050 Washington, DC, […]

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ISIS Recruiting Tactics and Community Intervention

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 Make Space‘s Salaam Thursday hosted a community discussion at the Il Porto Ristorante in Alexandria, VA on understanding the ISIS threat. Salaam Thursday is a monthly networking dinner where young professionals gather in an effort share ideas and build a stronger and well-connected community. WORDE Specialists Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi and Mehreen Farooq; along with […]

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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, the Montgomery County Faith Community Working […]


Equipping Pakistan's Civil Society Against the Taliban

Equipping Pakistan’s Civil Society against the Taliban

December 24, 2014 | The Hill Waleed Ziad & Mehreen Farooq Hundreds of Pakistanis met outside Islamabad’s infamous Red Mosque last week to light candles for victims of the Taliban’s recent attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar. Nearby, activists called on the mosque’s extremist cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz to condemn the attack that killed over 140 […]

Six Things About Afghanistan that May Surprise You

Six Things About Afghanistan that May Surprise You

By Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad Foreign Policy: South Asia Channel | October 27, 2014 Despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s inauguration on Sep. 29, many Afghans remain skeptical about what will happen next and whether his power-sharing deal with Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah will stick. Given two months of tumultuous political negotiations against the backdrop […]

Obama Administration Looks To Community-Led Program To Stop Homegrown Radicals

 CBS News | October 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A new program by the Obama administration is being created to stop homegrown radicals. CBS News reported that the program is being modeled after the International Cultural Center, a community-led program in Maryland that fights violent extremism. “It’s a lot harder today to identify folks […]

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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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