The World Organization for Resource Development and Education [WORDE] is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict. We believe that providing networks with the right resources to build community … Read More
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. […]
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 […]
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).
Across the world, violent extremists are destroying ancient shrines and cultural sites long revered by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Militants are also targeting cultural thought leaders who have historically championed pluralism, and denounced intolerance. The overwhelming majority of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world repudiate … More
WORDE specialists collaborate, advise and provide resources to the US Government on a number of foreign and domestic issues from countering violent extremism, homeland security, civil rights, to Muslim-community outreach and engagement. WORDE strives to engender trust between the government and Muslim American communities through several avenues. … More
WORDE educates policymakers and law enforcement officials about the differences between mainstream Islamic ideologies, and radical ideologies promoted by violent extremists. Our programs are designed to facilitate US government efforts to identify credible Muslim partners, and engender mutual trust between the government and Muslim … More
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 […]
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 […]
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.