The Shirazi Foundation attended an event Hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, titled Transforming U.S. Policy for a New Middle East. Experts addressed policy implications for the United States’ and the many recent militaries and diplomatic trials in the Middle East. An expert panel took an in-depth look at the complex consequences of U.S. policy in light of the Arab Spring. There was a high importance placed on the various aspects of working with partners in the region and the best way forward. Experts quoted an excerpt from the Holy Quran Chapter 2, titled Baqarah , Verse: 256, where it states “Let there be no compulsion in religion:”, and added that the Takfiris and terror groups have gone against this exact excerpt of the Holy Quran. Experts went on to note that the Middle East has been in turmoil and crisis for the last fifty years and that the security council has the responsibility to accurately define terrorism and criminalize it. Experts expressed that congress's hands are tied due to the gridlock in the nature of U.S. politics. Experts went further to examine when ISIS is finally defeated how do you fill the political vacuum that's created, does the U.S. step up and help rebuild the countries while they are currently invested in multiple countries in the Middle East or not.
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