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How Civil Society Can Help Prevent Violence and Extremism
Start Date: 11/8/2019Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 11/8/2019End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:

"How Civil Society Can Help Prevent Violence and Extremism"

Ahmad Shah Mohibi (Founder/President) and Kristyn Hartwyk (Advisor)

Rise to Peace

Friday, November 8th; 3-5pm; rm.630 of Haaren Hall on the John Jay campus (899 Tenth Ave)

Rise to Peace ( is a Washington DC-based non-profit organization focused on empowering peace, education, and tolerance to prevent terrorism and extremism around the world by engaging with local partners in affected communities, as well as those in positions who can facilitate change. Recent projects have included work on the peace process, mentoring and capacity building initiatives, and elections, all in Afghanistan. 

Rise to Peace was founded and is led by Ahmad Shah Mohibi. After a chldhood in Afghanistan shaped by the fraught geopolitical period between the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the ascendency of the Taliban, Mr. Mohibi left school at the age of 15 and pursued an opportunity to assist the United States military as a translator and later as an advisor to the US Department of State. Mr. Mohibi subsequently worked along the US Department of Defence to conduct counterterrorism field operations across Afghanistan and aid in the arrest of numerous terrorists. He later worked with the State Department. In this sphere, he acted as an advisor for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs where he assisted in the handover of detainees affiliated with numerous terrorist networks from US custody to Afghan authorities. After relocating to the United States in 2012 he earned a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from George Mason University as well as an MA in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University. He founded Rise to Peace with the vision to use research to, "inform programs and policies to help steer vulnerable people away from violent extremism and towards an education that empowers the individual, supports diversity, and builds a path of tolerance and hope." More information is available here. Kristyn Hartwyk is an international development professional and an advisor to Rise to Peace. More information is available here.

As always, our seminars are free and open to the public so please feel free to share this announcement with friend and colleagues, and to post to social media. Please note our final remaining seminar this semester:

- 11/22: Ibrahim Bechrouri (French Institute for Geopolitics and John Jay College), "Malcolm X Blvd and W 116th St: At the Intersection(s) of Blackness(es), Islam(s) and the NYPD's National Security Project."

These will also be held from 3-5 pm in rm.630 of Haaren Hall (899 Tenth Ave). 

Location Information:
T-Building - Haaran Hall
Room: 630T
How Civil Society Can Help Prevent Violence and Extremism
Admission Information
Open to the public.

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