The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, titled Arabia Incognita. An expert panel spoke on the west extensive involvement in the Middle East and where it's headed. The Author presented the question as to where is the responsibility of the International community on calling for a ceasefire by the Security Council in a recent war in that region. Experts stated that the west has supported countries in the middle east by equipping them with arms that are used to commit atrocities against humanity and are now heavily dependent on arms sells over oil. In the author's opinion, sectarian violence in the region is the result of the violent attacks not the cause of it, in which many may respectfully disagree. The expert asserted that many preachers left to study in countries that are well known for its anti-Shia rhetoric and often commit violence against them, upon returning from their studies they began propagating a message of division that leaned toward a Salafist Wahhabi set of beliefs. Overall it was suggested that this literary work is used to find the root of violence and track down the cause of war.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Heritage Foundation titled How can Bangladesh Stop the Escalating Extremist Violence. An expert panel discussed why the extremist in south Asia needs to be taken seriously. Experts analyzed proper steps needed to combat extremism and the challenges from the international community in preserving freedom of speech without innocent citizens living in fear of consequences from extremist. Experts added that what is imperative is to maintain the South Asian country as a model of development, moderate, tolerant and a country that embraces its diverse citizenry. Experts implied that there are different elements of competitions between terror groups who commit acts of violence.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Deans forum, the Forum on Foreign Policy and global Security and the Johns Hopkins University - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). This event was titled A Conversation with Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh. Experts discussed the role of women living in the Middle East and placed an emphasis on the investment that should be taken in providing education options for them. Experts made further remarks on the extreme importance of its youth and contributing to the development of their future. Experts spoke of the many challenges of combating terror groups in that region due to their new style of recruiting through social media outlets and the digital territory that they occupy. Questions were asked about allegations of human right violations from areas in that region. Experts suggested that the U.N. serves as and umbrellas that many can turn to when there is a conflict to reach a resolution and that peace and security should be underpinned by a unique strategy. Experts also recommended that preventative measures should be taken to bring down the chances of violence.