The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the American Security Project titled What Comes After? Strategy for Stabilization and reconstruction in Syria. Experts started by looking into past conflicts and the ways in which money was wasted and distributed in the rebuilding process. Experts presented the question to their peers of how can they collectively help the conflict state move towards a new vision of a sustainability.The panel explained the diversity of cultures that existed before the armed conflict took place and the many ways it was destroyed. The panel searched for answers as to the best route to effectively get humanitarian aid to the people in need at this point. Experts mentioned the United Nations Development Programme and spoke briefly on its sustainable development goals through programs such as “Cash-for-Work” and how effective they can be in the rebuilding process.
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The Economic Decline in the Middle East after the 2011 Uprising. Experts began by determining root causes of its economic decline and searched for solutions to repair it and give it upward mobility. Experts went over key factors such as the youth unemployment rate and how the economic issue prior to 2011 has worsened. Experts went into detail on the low levels of natural resources and how this part of the Middle East consumes 85% of its GDP which causes them to advocate for foreign investments to rebuild the economy. Experts highlighted other points such as the female labor force in the country is at 25% which is very low and due to the past political and financial instability foreign investments and the import-export market is one of the best optimistic choices to regain hope.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the USIP (United States institute of Peace) titled Irreversible Damage: Civilian Harm in Modern Conflict. Experts shed light on issues such as how civilian harm became a catalyst that escalated civilian casualties. Experts also shared the damage that is done to the family structure when civilians are killed; these civilian can be a husband's or providers of a family and the family is now cut off from being cared for , in turn the family has to now depend on government assistance to survive. The panel also spoke of the various numbers associated with violence in that region. There was a spike in Violence from 2007-2011 with an influx in the use of IEDs. The experts made recommendations that the U.S. Should figure out who are the key players in civil society and the best way of communications between Ngo’s and organizations to reduce casualties. Experts added that this is a strategic matter and not just a moral and humanitarian one.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Middle East Institute (MEI) titled, Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today. Experts presented the background story and history of the many nations who banded together to protect and deliver a religious minority in the Middle East from total annihilation in 1991. At the time of the turmoil, many fled their homes with as little as the clothing on their back from the threat of war and terror. Experts focused in on the paramountcy of nations coming together at the time of a crisis to produce help, aid, and a safe haven for people in dire need of humanitarian relief on a massive scale. Experts went into detail of the many lessons learned from the project from its defeats and accomplishments that allowed them to ultimately save the religious minority.Read more: Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today
The Shirazi Foundation attended an interactive conference hosted by Brookings Institute titled What it will take to deliver on the Paris climate agreement. Experts explained briefly the history of the major climate agreement and how it affects us .Experts mentioned in the past many nations united and agreed to work towards making sure the Earth’s temperature did not rise above 2 degrees Celsius; this degree change is usually agreed upon as being the tipping point to preventing massive effects of climate change. Experts noted that with an increase in population in the west should make leaders in the U.K concerned with food security and agriculture as well as energy and transportation. Experts recommended that the action plan for the future should include renewable energy and that much needs to be done on the implementation side. Experts also explained that we all should focus on poverty reduction and shared prosperity. In the future a vast amount of oil companies will move into the energy industry which can cause a competitive playing field in that market.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an interactive conference hosted by the Heritage Foundation titled “Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America. An expert adamantly differed in his opinions of the current leader of the administration and examined whether or not his actions weakened the U.S. globally. The expert condemned what he felt was a rejection to the classical approach toward foreign relations from the previous administrations. The expert examined whether the current administration has succeeded, failed or has it indeed minimized its role in the world today. The expert was highly critical of the current foreign policies and pointed out many aspects of the current administration in terms of foreign affairs. The experts addressed questions concerning the current role the U.S. plays in the economic development of Eurasia and whether or not it should reform the current system put in place by providing fewer services that help that region thrive economically.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event titled hosted by the Family Research Council titled Religion, Politics, and the Media: Where We've Been, Where We're Going. An expert in issues connected to the cross-section of religion and politics spoke on the orthodox view of religion in contrast to the worldview of religion in the political realm. He went on to present research pertaining to the many experts in the political realm who are unaware of religious matters but many assume that they are knowledgeable about religion. The expert stated that various scholars hold a view that Christianity has undergone a phase of de-secularization. The role that civil rights has played to shape evangelistic churches today and historically the role the church, in general, has played in bringing about reconciliation between different races in the U.S. was a focus point as well. It goes without saying the Important role that media plays in the world today while understanding that you can't pick up a paper without in some form or fashion religion coming up. A current challenge that journalist face is attempting to create news that is interconnected to religion, in what he called “the faith angle. A journalist can potentially contribute to smearing the name of a religion by lacking knowledge of the belief system in that faith, and creating news that is unbalanced that leave many misguided. The experts made mention of organizations that offer the counter-narrative to misinterpretations of the Islamic faith and suggested that this work should continue.
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
This editorial aims to discuss the importance of tackling extremism by emphasizing the true and peaceful aspects of the religion of Islam. The Shirazi Foundation has gathered research on this subject to showcase the results of a peaceful world devoid of violence and terror.Read more: Countering the Culture of Terror and Violence