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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 […]

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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 […]

Commentary

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 […]

Can A Community Program Help Stop Homegrown Radicals?

 CBS News | October 23, 2014 The Obama administration is trying to find ways to stop homegrown radicals and is looking outside of government for inspiration. They’re modeling a new program on the International Cultural Center in Maryland. It’s the first community-led program to fight violent extremism, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan. “It’s a […]

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 […]

Press Releases

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 Reports

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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