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Event Archive - John L. Esposito - Friday 26 June Print E-mail

The Change Institute and the Democracy and Islam Programme (University of Westminster) were pleased to host internationally acclaimed expert on Islam Professor John L. Esposito, who spoke at the University of Westminster on Friday 26 June.

Professor Esposito is the founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in Washington DC. A Professor of Religion and International Affairs, he is a specialist in Islam including political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia.
He was formerly the Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Centre for International Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders and President of the Executive Scientific Committee for the Maison de la Mediterranee's 2005-2010 project, ‘The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue’. He is also a member of the EC supported European Network of Experts on Radicalisation, a project managed and co-ordinated by the Change Institute.

Internationally renowned, his expertise is widely sought by a number of institutions including the U.S. Department of State, governments, corporations, universities, and the media.

Professor Esposito is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion (2005) and Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies (2005). Publications include 'Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam', 'The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?', 'Islam and Politics', 'Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform', 'Islam and democracy', and most recently 'Who Speaks For Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think'.

'Need for a New Paradigm: Obama and the Muslim World', The Huffington Post, 29 March 2009

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Event Arcive - Marc Sageman - Wednesday 1 July Print E-mail

The Change Institute and the Insurgency Research Group (King's College London) were pleased to host internationally acclaimed expert on terrorism and Al Qaeda, Dr Marc Sageman at King's College London on Wednesday 1 July.

Internationally renowned expert on terrorism, Dr Marc Sageman is an Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, at Harvard University and founder of Sageman Consulting, LLC. An iconoclastic writer, in recent years he has published two critically acclaimed books ‘Understanding Terror Networks’ (2004) and ‘Leaderless Jihad’ (2007) which tested the validity of conventional wisdom on terrorism . An expert on Al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations, he has consulted with various branches of the U.S. government, including the National Security Council, the Department of Defence, the Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community, alongside various agencies and governments overseas.

He has lectured extensively in academia both in the US and abroad and is presently scholar-in-residence with the New York Police Department. A former flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy, in 1984 he joined the CIA in 1984 as a case officer. After spending a year on the Afghan Task Force he went to Islamabad from 1987 to 1989, where he ran the U.S. unilateral programs with the Afghan Mujahidin, followed by a period in New Delhi from 1989–91. In 1991, he resigned from the CIA to return to medicine and completed a residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He holds various academic positions in addition to his association with Harvard University as well as fellowships with national US think tanks, the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of the EC supported European Network of Experts on Radicalisation, a project managed and co-ordinated by the Change Institute.

'A Not Very Private Feud Over Terrorism', The New York Times, 8 June 2009

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Event Archive - Reza Aslan - Tuesday 2 June Print E-mail

The Change Institute and the Democracy and Islam Programme (Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster) presented internationally acclaimed writer and scholar Reza Aslan in conversation about his new book How to Win a Cosmic War – God, Globalisation and the End of the War on Terror on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 at the University of Westminster.







Photo credit: Angelica Flores Rodriguez

Reza Aslan, is a regular commentator for NPR's Marketplace and Middle East Analyst for CBS News. Until recently, he was both Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Aslan is also co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, a hub for creative content from and about the Middle East, as well as Editorial Executive of Mecca.com.

He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Slate, Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, the Nation, and others, and has appeared on Meet The Press, Hardball, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper, and Nightline.
His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam has been translated into half a dozen languages, was short-listed for the Guardian (UK) First Book Award, and nominated for a PEN USA award for research Non-Fiction.

Reza Aslan's website

Centre for the Study of Democracy website





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