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.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Atlantic Council titled Challenges Facing Europe: A Conversation with British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. Experts explained the atmosphere in Europe and how it is facing challenging times. The migration crisis has become a stress test on European values. Experts made recommendations that one should take in refugees, but one should also focus on the problem of violence and extremism that creates the condition of the migrant crisis. Experts also mentioned that many have fled from other parts of the world for different reasons such as instability and in hopes of financial security, and what's the best way forward to approach these complex issues. Experts discussed the existing direction is to build a new relationship between the new upcoming administration and to develop strong links in security.