December 11, 2008
Counter-Radicalization and Faith-Based Organizations
On December 11, 2008, the Post-Conflict Reconstruction (PCR) Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) sponsored a discussion by Dr. Hany El Banna, president of the Humanitarian Forum and founder of Islamic Relief Worldwide, on counter-radicalization and faith-based organizations. The discussion was moderated by Daniel Brumberg of USIP. In 2007, the Henry R. Luce Foundation received funding to support the PCR Project in improving US government engagement of religion in conflict-prone settings.
Dr. Hany El-Banna is the founder and president of the Humanitarian Forum, which seeks to build bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim NGOs worldwide. He is also co-founder and former president of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an international relief and development organization; he retired from IRW in 2008. El-Banna is a member of the Three Faiths Forum, the World Economic Forum's Community of West-Islam Dialogue (C-100), and a member of the Advisory Group to the International Department of the Charity Commission (UK); in addition, he is a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and board member of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty. For his achievements El-Banna has received the Order of the British Empire, the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths (UK), and the UK Muslim Power 100 Lifetime Achievement award.
Daniel Brumberg is an Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. He also serves as Acting Director of the United States Institute of Peace's Muslim World Initiative, where he...