Shirazi Foundation Inc

Shirazi Foundation Inc

 

 Non-Political & Non-profit Organization

 202.670 I.S.W.F

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.

Shouting in the Dark by Algazeera English

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On September 8th, organized by Code pink Women for Peace, the unfortunate events in Bahrain gets another spotlight on in Washington D.C during a business casual gathering at Bus Boys and Poets accompanied by more than three dozens of journalists and leaders of major humanitarian, politically active organizations. Code pink presents the publicly available production of the documentary, shouting in the dark, produced by Aljazeera English and followed by comments by Husain Abdulla from Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, followed by inputs from Khalid Almarzooq from Al Vefagh Shia-Muslim opposition group in Bahrain, and the commentary cession is concluded by Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. Representatives from Human Rights Watch, University of Maryland, Nonviolence International, George Mason University, Shia Rights Watch, and Imam Shirazi World Foundation .  Throughout this event, representatives from mentioned organizations have gathered to discuss the recent events that took place in Bahrain.

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