Shirazi Foundation Inc

Shirazi Foundation Inc

 

 Non-Political & Non-profit Organization

 202.670 I.S.W.F

“The Transition to Democracy in Southeast Asia”

USIP BurmaThe 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.

Arabia Incognita.

Institute for Policy StudiesThe 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.

How to Stop the Escalating Extremist Violence in South Asia

HeritageFoundationThe 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.

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