Shirazi Foundation attended an interactive conference hosted by the United States Institute of Peace titled Building the Programs That Can Better Build The Peace. The expert panel carefully explored the mythological vigor that takes place in the peace building process. How to comprehensively measure the successes and failures throughout different organizations who participate in peace building, and how do they effectively communicate that message among each other. The panel of experts also briefly put forward many challenges in the area of implementation. The question was asked as to what kind of civic education we in the peace building community are providing and stated that this kind of question plants seeds and can open doors how to measure successes and failures in the near future. Experts communicated that accountability will force organizations to document their actions even when they fail, but that there is not a standard procedure set in place to measure the findings and facts. Every situation in the peace building process is unique between those who are involved and should be viewed on a case by case scenario.
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Shirazi Foundation's outreach manager Mr. Ibrahim Jabbar attended a symposium hosted by YPFP and the Elliott School of International Affairs titled The Argument for NextGen Leadership in National Security with Ambassador John Negroponte . The expert’s intentions were to prepare attendees towards an understanding of the national security landscape. Experts stressed that in order to have a healthy national security there must be a healthy national economy in place. The current global alliances with this administration also play a major role in protecting the country from any national crisis. Experts briefly explained how the Security Council and the role that the United Nations play in the national security process. Experts also suggested that an array of issues all affect National security from global cyber security threats, violent conflicts in the Middle East, combating terrorism and rapid climate change.
The Shirazi Foundation attended a participatory symposium hosted by New America titled, After Aleppo: Prospects for Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Administration. Experts elaborated on aspects of the report titled, “A Necessary Good: U.S. Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities “. Experts suggested that in terms of atrocity prevention that it is not only a Human Rights issue but rather it is also a national security issue as well. Conflict prevention in many places throughout Africa was used as a model and suggested that prevention and intervention can be a success. Rich Fontaine President of The Center for a New American Security suggested that the voices in the public need to remain loud to articulate that there are things out there to prevent mass atrocities, and this can be done with an acceptable cost. Akshaya Kumar Deputy United Nations Director, Human Rights Watch mentioned that human rights abuse violations are warning signs and that the recommendations in the report and some of the structures that are in place such as the atrocity prevention board can work as mechanisms to flag places at risk for future atrocities by tracking Human Rights violations.
Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by Cato Institute titled Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?. An expert panel convened to discuss the perspective of Islam through a liberalism lens. Expert remarks included a brief look into liberalism through comparative religions and those who were said to be past reformers. Experts suggested that liberalism tends to flourish in an aristocratic society throughout history. The Idea was presented that Islam and Christianity cannot be viewed through the same lens in terms of liberalism because Prophet Muhammad (s) was not only a religious figure like Jesus, he was also a head of state and had to deal with matters of governance. The question was debated whether or not Prophet Muhamad (s) was a politician. The questions were also asked why does Islam have to be liberalized in the first place, and what if it is that many Muslims in any given Islamic society proclaim that they don’t necessarily want to be liberal and would like to express their illiberalism through a democratic process peacefully within a legal framework.
On January 25th 2017, Shirazi Foundation’s outreach manager Ibrahim Jabbar attended a symposium hosted by the Atlantic Council titled, “The Power of Transparency Series Too Big to Fail? The Power of Transparency in Preventing Future Financial Crises.”Read more: Preventing Future Financial Crises
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by New America titled, All Jihad Is Local: What ISIS' Files Reveal About Their Fighters. Experts presented research from a detailed report that displays the methodology of ISIS, average fighter, the province by province analysis, high-volume origin provinces and policy recommendations. Most of the fighters in Asia came from a particular western region. Experts also mentioned through his research 75% of Asian fighters joined ISIS once certain cities in the Middle East were overtaken by the terrorist group. In some parts of Middleast, they have seen people join the group due to the fact they can no longer pay workers in the oil trade because many of them struggle to stay relevant economically. One of the key factors the terror group used to recruit new fighters have been high levels of youth unemployment. An expert presented a theory that ISIS strategy in the west is to force Muslims into a compulsory choice with their attacks and attempting to trick many into joining them. Experts also pointed out that the motive to join the group varies in different parts of the world. s also pointed out that the motive to join the group varies in different parts of the world.
A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: on Peace, Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Wilson Center titled “A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: Peace and Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects in Nigeria”. The experts spoke of many aspects of religious tolerance and denounced the recent attacks from terrorist groups in Europe. Experts mentioned that if peace does not bring stability to a country then violence will not. Experts quoted an excerpt from the verse of the Holy Quran Surah 5: Al-Ma-idah: Verse 32 “ ... That whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether”..., Experts indicated that one should refrain from all acts of violence and advised that one should be very careful not to generalize every Muslim behind the actions of a few who don't truly represent the Islamic faith. The many similarities between religions and messages of nonviolence were some of the main issues that were addressed. Shirazi Foundation expert on foreign affairs- policy, asked questions to the delegation of the Sultan on the current status of the Shia Scholar in captivity concerning his health and wellbeing.
Theologian SayedSadegh Shirazi meets with a Belgian journalist:
Armed insurgency was discouraged, and prohibited in Islamic governance, which indeed marks as peak of Islam’s expansion.
On Tuesday, December 20th 2016, a Christian journalist from Belgium was warmly welcomed by the Grand Shia Theologian, Ayatollah Shirazi at his central office in city of Qum, Iran.Initially, the Grand Jurist allowed all the contents discussed in this meeting to be recorded and published in any format, only on the condition of receiving a copy of the final version before it being published.
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Due to an escalating amount of inhumane violence by terrorist groups, and instability within many countries, an enormous amount of the youth will be stripped of their right to be educated. In 2015, The UN Fund for Children, UNICEF, published an alarming report indicating that more than 13 million children across six nations in the Middle East have been deprived of education and around 900 schools damaged due to conflicts. Before these conflicts, some countries in the Middle East performed as the largest and most distinguished higher education systems in the region. Unfortunately, the results of conflicts have brought forth annihilation of the Universities.Read more: Conflict and its Impact on Education