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.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Brookings Institution titled How do we end energy poverty? Debating solutions for increasing global electricity access. Experts covered the debate over distributed generation in energy vs centralized distribution and what is the best way forward. Experts touched on the small scale interventions around one's home that can be taken and the effects that it has on energy distribution. The historical approach to electricity was explained and how people would in the past have to migrate to urban cities to obtain electricity. Experts explained briefly the link between energy and climate change and how the two are interconnected due to biomass and its effects on the climate that results in global warming. Today globally billions rely on the traditional use of biomass for an everyday task such as cooking while biomass causes respiratory daisies that contribute to the death of millions every year. Experts expressed that the same necessity that we have for water is now the same level of necessity we currently have for energy. Experts also mentioned that there are many universities that have ramped up their programs on sustainable energy and its effects on our future.