Shirazi Foundation Inc

Shirazi Foundation Inc

 

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Can Less be More in Afghanistan? State-building Lessons from the Past to Guide the Futur

 

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During a visit to U.S Institute of Peace, on November 17th, Imam Shirazi World Foundation visited an enriched conference about Afghanistan, its future, , and the transitional period Afghanistan and Afghans face and if less can be more in Afghanistan! State-building lessons from the past to guide the future were the main focus of this conference. Astri Suhrke, Senior Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute shared her in depth studies about Afghanistan. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, former Minister of Interior of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan also shared his expert suggestions and inputs about how should Afghanistan view its changes and what are the changes that foreign humanitarian and governmental institutions and organizations need to make and adopt if they like to experience a permanent change in Afghanistan and its people. Alexander Their, Assistant to the Administrator and Director, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs in U.S Agency for International Development joined by Michael Semple, 2011-2012 Carr Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, presented their views in different aspects of the changes that Afghanistan should and will go through in order to become a democratic country, free of tribal wars, disorder, and start of a new era in Afghanistan. Andrew Wilder, director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs in U.S Institute of Peace, moderated this conference. Imam Shirazi World Foundation ( ISWF ) met individually with former minister of Interior of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and discussed the future of Afghanistan and its transition in depth. ISWF also made a few suggestions regarding the democratic changes that Imam Mohammad Shirazi suggests in his books and implications of policies that lead towards an Islamic and democratic country.

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20th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference Dynamics of Recent Events in the Arab World: Framing the Arab and U.S. Responses

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Imam Shirazi World Foundation has had the honor to be part of the 20th Annual Arab-U.S Policymakers Conference, organized by National Council on U.S-Arab relations held in Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center as a two consecutive day meeting on the 27th and 28 of October. Geopolitical Dynamics of Iraq, Maghreb, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Palestine, and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and topics regarding business, investment, and financial development dynamics of prospects were discussed in details among representatives from Department of State, military, and Think Tank contributors and University professors. Some of the speakers for this event were Ambassador James Larocco; former Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal Al Sa’ud; Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; H.E. Ambassador Sameh Shoukry; Ambassador of Egypt to the United           States, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Hussein Hassouna; Chief Representative of the League of Arab States to the United States, H.E.  Ambassador Maen Areikat - Representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the United States, Dr. John L. Iskander ;U.S. Department of State. Dr. Janne Nolan - Director, Nuclear Security Programs, American Security Project; former Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Néjib Ayachi - Founder and President, Maghreb Center. (Tunisia) and many other professors and thinkers shared their inputs in regards of what is going on in the Arab States, and how has the policymaking decisions of the United States effected the Arab Spring, and why did some countries like Bahrain did not get much U.S support, and why some were freed in matter of weeks from their initial uprising. Representatives of Imam Shirazi World Foundation had the pleasure of meeting the speakers, as well as founders of dozens of humanitarian, consulting, financial, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. ISWF strengthened its relations with Ambassador of Iraq; Ezzadin Haji, Dr. John Duke Anthony; president and CEO of National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and few University professors nationwide.

Fault Lines in Bahrain

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Despite the political interests of many neighbor countries of Bahrain and the Western interests in the region, when it comes to the heart breaking events that takes place in Bahrain, many organizations have attempted to shed light on the facts that happen there. On August 9th, New America Foundation recently organized a joined program with Aljazeera English to address the Bahraini issue once again. Faultline, sheds light on United States interests and policies in the region.  During this heart braking 30 minutes documentary, Seb Walker, Al Jazeera’s reporter accompanied with Jeremy Young an Al Jazeera producer and also Shawna Bader-blau the Regional Program Director of Middle East and North Africa from The Solidarity Center have given their inputs about what has been happening in Bahrain.  Throughout this event, more than hundred Journalists were present.

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