The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, titled On the New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East. Experts took a close look at the Middle East and the way in has evolved after 2011, and whether it is a failure or not because of the lack of stability in the region. The current policy in place is a gamble to work with the region the way it is until it stabilizes which experts believes will not work. Experts mentioned that the current administration failed at making it a priority to do more in preventing conflicts in the region. Experts examined which is the best way forward in certain parts of the Middle East, is it best to build a sound constitution first or support elections. Experts believe that long-term low prices in the oil market will affect the economy deeply in the region and cause a rippling effect over time.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by Brookings Institution titled Higher education in Syria: Protecting academia amid civil war. Experts began to explore the frequently overlooked impact of the Syrian crisis, and the broader political and security implications on higher education in conflict settings. Experts also spoke of the many challenges for teachers, professors and educators working in the numerous camps in an attempt to provide quality sustainable education, while the teachers are constantly working elongated hours and double shifts due to camps containing refugees from different parts of the Middle East. Experts also evaluated who would be the right entity to connect the dots within that region that is capable of bringing together the many education organizations. Experts also provided data on the higher education students (public and private universities, open education, and virtual university) in the Middle East in the last five years. Experts also mentioned that although there are small programs put in place and located in the camps one must keep in mind that about two million children are not in school due to the armed conflict and crisis.
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.