Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi at Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing

WORDE President Provides Testimony at Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing

On Thursday, April 3, 2014 WORDE President Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi provided testimony at a hearing organized by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The   hearing “Women’s Education: Promoting Development, Countering Radicalism,” examined how expanding educational opportunities for women in countries prone to violent extremism can create economic opportunities and help counter the spread of radicalism. […]

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Civil Society in Afghanistan: Spark or Stumbling Block for Stability?

On February 25, 2014, Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted WORDE Specialists Mehreen Farooq and Waleed Ziad for a discussion on engaging civil society to secure Afghanistan’s peace and security along with David Sedney, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Clare Lockhart, Co-founder and […]

C-Span Photo of Afghanistan Report Launch

WORDE Afghanistan Report Launch

On Wednesday February 19, WORDE launched the report, “Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond: The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding and in Countering Violent Extremism,” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Hosted by Dr. Robert Lamb (Director and Senior Fellow Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation, CSIS), the panel included the reports authors and special guest, General John Allen, (U.S. Marine Corps; Ret. and Distinguished Fellow, The Brookings Institution).


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 […]


Prosecuting the Boston Bombing Suspect

April 22, 2013 | KCRW, To the Point

The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction, a charge which can carry the death penalty. We hear about his condition and how he’s being treated by federal authorities.

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WORDE Report Press Release

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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