Commentary

WORDE Specialists are academics, theologians, development experts, and policy analysts develop effective, long-term solutions in the key areas of educational reform, resource development, and international security. They regularly contribute commentary articles to national newspapers, academic journals, think tank publications and special conferences.

The Washington Institute’s Report on WORDE

The Washington Institute just released a new bipartisan report on defeating ideologically inspired violent extremism citing WORDE’s community-led efforts as the most developed “whole of society approach.” Having established the model in Montgomery County, our partners at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) will further institutionalize the program in the national capital region and […]

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Chapter on BRAVE

The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face Edited by: Rand Beers, Richard A. Clarke, Emilian Papadopoulos, and Paul Salem Vol. 668, November 2016 The next president will face enormous challenges in dealing with terrorism—a threat to global stability and national security that has changed considerably […]

CVE Panel at the Cato Institute

On December 14, 2016, Assistant Chief, Luther Reynolds (Montgomery County Police Department) presented on his department’s involvement in the BRAVE Program as part of a panel discussion on countering violent extremism at a CATO Institute conference. Co-panelists included Michael German (Brennan Center for Justice), Maya Berry (Arab-American Institute), Arjun Sethi (human rights lawyer, and Adjunct […]

Washington Post Reports on WORDE’s ICC Survey of the Impact of Bullying on Muslim Students

The Washington Post reports on a recent survey the International Cultural Center (ICC) administered in Montgomery County to measure the impact of bullying on students in the county. The ten question survey was administered in January 2016, and asked students to reflect back on their experiences in the past six months, to understand some of […]

PBS Highlights WORDE’s Community- Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism in The US

PBS recently highlighted WORDE’s community- led efforts to prevent violent extremism in the US. The feature includes a clip from a special event WORDE’s International Cultural Center hosted with residents from the Asbury retired community in which the elderly shared their experiences of overcoming discrimination and adversity. The program was designed to empower youth who […]

Belonging Nowhere: Marginalization & Radicalization Risk among Muslim Immigrants

Research into the psychology of terrorism suggests that a person’s cultural identity plays a key role in radicalization, so WORDE teamed up with researchers Dr. Sarah Lyons,  Dr. Michelle Gelfand, and Marieke van Egmond for a study to understand how immigrant acculturation challenges in the US may be linked to radicalization. We found that immigrants who […]

Fighting ISIS at Home and Abroad featuring Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi & Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq

  “Just because you can’t prevent every attack from happening, I’m not sure that, that’s reason to not make an effort. I’d like to think that defeating the ideology that underlies some of this is a start.” -Khurram Dara, Author, “Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America,” New York, New York […]

Understanding ISIS in order to Better Protect the Homeland

Testimony submitted by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on January 20, 2016   Chairman Ron Johnson, Ranking Member Thomas Carper and members of the Committee, thank you for the honor of testifying here today on such a serious and important issue. I have been in the field of […]

Muslims in Kenya Offer a Christmas Present to the World

Mandera is not a rare event – and parallel stories of human familyhood are all around us. Al-Jazeera | December 27, 2015 Muhammad Fraser-Rahim & Beth Ellen Cole After a year marred by violence that has led some people to suppose that confrontation is inevitable among humanity’s religions, a busload of Muslims in northeast Kenya […]

Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims

A warmer embrace could stop homegrown terrorism. By Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele Gelfand Washington Post | November 24, 2015 The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is […]

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