Wednesday, June 12, 2019

START Book Talk on How to Defeat Extremism with Farah Pandith (July 9)

Foreign policy strategist and former diplomat Farah Pandith will give a book talk and fireside chat here at START on Tuesday July 9 at 11:30 a.m. In her groundbreaking new book “How We WinHow Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat,” she argues that the solutions to the crisis of recruitment and radicalization are available and affordable. RSVP now: go.umd.edu/HowWeWin 

A pioneer in the war of ideas, Pandith will tap into her unprecedented experiences for President Bush and President Obama to reveal information about Washington’s soft power challenge. Pandith describes extremism as a rapidly spreading virus infecting individuals and entire communities, shattering lives, destroying families and disrupting the global economy. In her book, she explains howgovernment, the private sector and civil society can help Muslim youth solve their identity crisis and in turn build a safer, more stable world.

You may recognize her name: A world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, Pandith is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She served as a political appointee under presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She was the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities, serving both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Under President George W. Bush, Pandith was the director for Middle East Regional Initiatives at the National Security Council, and chief of staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Asia and the Near East. She has also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, chairing its task force on countering violent extremism. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent international media commentator appearing on Sunday morning talk shows, CNN, CBS, NPR, BBC, ABC, Bloomberg and Fox News and a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Hope you can make it out to START (now in the Discovery District across the bridge from Whole Foods) for this exciting talk.