STANHOPE CENTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS POLICY RESEARCH, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND KADIR HAS UNIVERSITY - GAPPING THE BRIDGE: RECONSIDERING THE ROLE OF MUSLIM CIVIL SOCIETY IN CONFLICT ZONES
This project will build upon two years of multi-institutional research and programming collaboration to look at countering violent extremism (CVE) and the role of development-focused Muslim NGOs operating in transitioning conflict zones. Additionally, the project will look at the accomplishments and challenges of Muslim NGOs in transitioning or conflict zones and ask how models can be scaled and examine best practices. This practice-oriented research project asks: Can Muslim NGOs and faith-based civil society networks provide solutions to shared global challenges of social conflict and political violence in the MENA region? And, what role do digital communications play in the process? A policy report will be made available to the policymaking and academic communities, plus short essays on these different discussion questions and areas of enquiry.
GLOBAL POTENTIAL, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, L’INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE MONTREUIL AND WOOLF INSTITUTE - PRESS START DIALOGUES
This grant will promote improved understanding of the role religion plays in France, the US and Europe as it relates to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21. Dialogues will focus on how youth social entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics and civil society practitioners can create social change through exploring their own cultural and religious identities while focusing on questions related to environmental protection. Together, these dialogues will put forth policy recommendations on how to commit 50% reduction in global warming pollution by 2030 and to promote carbon neutrality by 2050.
INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC DIALOGUE, UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE - RELIGION AND STATE: HOW GOVERNMENTS CAN WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH RELIGIOUS BODIES AND CREDIBLE VOICES ADDRESSING THE GENDER DYNAMICS OF RADICALISATION TO COUNTER EXTREMIST MESSAGING AND ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING DRIVERS OF EXTREMIST VIOLENCE
This grant will focus on academics, policymakers and religious actors to share knowledge and best practice related to countering extremist religious narratives with particular aim to concentrate lessons learned at the nexus of gender and security. Within the context of countering extremist messaging, this team will explore role of women in CVE efforts. Tee team will look at how extremist groups leverage religious interpretations to further gender-based subjugation while also using religion as a tool for recruiting women into violent extremist groups, dictating it is their spiritual duty, a topic deserving greater attention. Most importantly, the team will ask how greater female involvement in counter-messaging can change the perception of counter-messaging as being Western, male-dominated, top-down and aggressive, and how greater involvement of Muslim women can improve the effectiveness of counter-extremist messaging. There will be a dialogue report available to the policy community and the team will produce op-eds, media articles, radio shows and more to disseminate the outcomes of the dialogues.
Please see below two reports from both dialogues (Washington, DC and Cambridge)