Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CFR Conference Call on Violent Extremism – Wed 3/11

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Winter/Spring 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, March 11, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 226. Farah Pandith, CFR's adjunct senior fellow, will discuss global efforts to counter violent extremism and offer policy recommendations for the United States.

Ms. Pandith served as the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is currently a part of the leadership team at the Counter Extremism Project and a strategic advisor at the Risk Assistance Network and Exchange and has held a number of senior positions over the last decade, including political appointments in three administrations. Ms. Pandith left government in January 2014 for the Harvard Kennedy School. She was formerly senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs (2007-2009), director of Middle East regional initiatives at the National Security Council (2004-2007), and chief of staff of the Bureau of Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2003-2004). She has served as a consultant in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Pandith received a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in international security studies, Islamic civilizations and Southwest Asia, and international negotiation and conflict resolution. She received an AB in government and psychology from Smith College.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Catherine Powell, "White House Summit Embraces Women's Rights to Counter Violent Extremism," Development Channel, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, February 25,2015.

If you're interested in attending this call, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at sweinberger@pugetsound.edu ASAP.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government
University of Puget Sound