The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs titled Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change. Experts initially intended to articulate on “the prevailing narrative, that Africa is awash with violent conflict, the number of cases of successful conflict management and resolutions and what accounted for the successes and failures”. But more focus went toward the failures from many involved in the peacekeeping process. Many aspects of the process were explained from how the rejectors on the continent who belong to terror groups don't respect any aspect of the laws of war and break them continuously. Experts mentioned The mandate in The United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Principles and Guideline, addressing the Security Council resolution 1674 (2006) on the protection of civilians in armed conflict;4. Experts mentioned that this protection is viewed differently, by various organizations and that it was not clarified what the word protection really meant in this peacekeeping process. Some hold the opinion on Capitol Hill that too much funding is allocated towards the peace process which the expert disagreed that not enough is dedicated to quality medical treatment, reliable transportation, and many more necessities needed that has been voiced by those directly involved. Important points were raised as to who should be the mediators in the peace process the elders or a trained graduate in the field of conflict resolution.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and The Alliance for Practical Policy Solutions, titled, How America Can Work With The Global Muslim Community To Combat Extremism. A panel of experts sought to explain various aspects of the acceptance and rejections to programs that are offered to the Muslim communities that are allegedly put in place for the overall safety every American citizen regardless of their religious practices. Experts made important points that racial attacks in America far exceed the threats of any domestic extremist who become radicalized by false erroneous interpretations of the Islamic faith.Read more: How America Can Work With The Global Muslim Community To Combat Extremism
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, titled Supporting Burma’s Transition to Democracy. A panel of experts began to recount the times spent and the work that took place in Southeast Asia, and what it took to regain and continue the momentum of trust. Experts further explained that the initial goals were to establish national reconciliation, focus on human rights, economic building, health, and education. Experts mentioned the importance of Strategic development, working with the right set of people, tapping into to the right resources and structured coordination which was stated does not happen organically. It was also mentioned that it came to a point where a dialogue had to take place with the people of Southeast Asia about the killing of religious minorities, and explained to them that it was counterproductive to the peace process and wrong. Experts further explained the details that took place in the 2014 election, how the international community stepped forward to reconstruct the elections through an election commission. The expert noted that overall the country is very informed of climate change and the impacts of it. Experts indicated that they saw congress as a necessary partner on various levels and that it was important that they moved together while the country underwent its transition.