April 07, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC — Pakistan is home to 160 million Muslims, the vast majority of whom practice moderate and traditional Islam, and reject the radicalism of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Yet most of us know little about their struggle against the radicals.
Hudson Institute’s Center for Eurasian Policy, in partnership with the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), invites you to an off-the-record lunch meeting on April 20th with a high-level Pakistani delegation -including a former federal Minister- to hear about their efforts in countering the Taliban in their country.
The members of the delegation are on the front lines of the ideological battle against Al-Qaeda and radical Taliban factions in Pakistan. They will discuss how the systematic killings of mainstream clerics, tribal elders, and innocent civilians -as well as the demolition of national landmarks and holy shrines- may uproot entire communities and leave behind a breeding ground for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The delegation will also discuss how their efforts to counter the rise of religious extremism or “Talibanization” of Pakistan helps broader U.S. national security objectives in the region, and suggest ways for the United States to better assist moderates. The event will be moderated by Waleed Ziad, Program Director for WORDE’s new research initiative, “Understanding the Socio-Political Groups in Pakistan.”
For the security of the delegates, the names are omitted from this invite; for more information, feel free to contact WORDE president Hedieh Mirahmadi at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202 595 1355.
The off-the-record lunch meeting will take place at Hudson Institute on Tuesday, April 20th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
This event is by invitation only and is non transferable. To RSVP, please contact email@example.com by Friday, April 16th at 5 pm.