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Friday, June 19 • 4:15pm - 5:25pm
ISIS, Syria, and Iran: Approaches to Peace in Shifting Sand

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There are several challenges that ISIS and the rise of violent extremism pose to people of faith, policymakers, and all those seeking a more just, secure, and peaceful world. How do we address such violence in ways that are faithful and effective? There are several competing visions today for what faithful and effective responses should be: from nonviolent conflict resolution to focusing on diplomacy or policy to armed peacekeepers to full military engagement. This Summit Session will explore the tensions between such shared values as nonviolence, human security, human rights, protecting lives, and ultimately, effectiveness. Together we will seek to uncover ways our policymakers can better address the challenges ISIS poses in more faithful and effective ways. There will be a Faith Consultation on ISIS, Syria, and Iran taking place concurrently with Salon Sessions. This Consultation is by invitation only.

Moderators
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John Hartley

Executive Director, Pathways for Mutual Respect
John Hartley is founder and executive director of Pathways for Mutual Respect. He is also a research fellow at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Hartley works as a scholar-diplomat to understand and strategically fill gaps in relations between Muslims and Christians and the actors that shape their worlds. He holds a B.A. in international relations (honors and special recognition) from UC Davis; an M.A. in Iranian history (distinction) from... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. David Cortright

Director of Policy Studies, The Kroc Institute
Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
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Tim Dixon

Managing Director, Purpose Europe
Tim Dixon is the managing director of Purpose Europe and chief political strategist for Purpose globally, and the co-founder of The Syria Campaign. Since 2011 he has led the political and communications strategies across Purpose's US and international projects, building new social movements and helping to mobilize over 50 million people to join movements and campaigns. Before going to Purpose, Tim worked as a senior political strategist for... Read More →
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Roy Hange

Instructor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
Roy Hange has more than ten years of local knowledge of conflict dynamics in the Middle East, thirty years of tracking religious identity and conflict, and decades of involvement in peacebuilding encounters in Muslim, Christian and political contexts. Hange teaches the Faith-Based Peacebuilding course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University. He spent 10 years in the Middle East working in the encounter zones... Read More →
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Raed Jarrar

Policy Impact Coordinator, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy, American Friends Service Committee
Raed Jarrar serves as AFSC’s Policy Impact Coordinator at the Office of Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since his immigration to the U.S. in 2005, he has worked on political and cultural issues pertaining to U.S. engagement in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East. He has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings... Read More →
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Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love

Associate Professor of International Relations, Politics Department of The Catholic University of America
Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is a tenured associate professor of international relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is on the Core Group for the U.S. Department of State's Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the U.S. government can better engage with civil society and... Read More →
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Dr. Maria Stephan

Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
Dr. Maria J. Stephan is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance and their relevance for violent conflict prevention and democratic development. Previously, Stephan was lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she worked... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Pryzbyla Great Room