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Mar 25

Steps to Undermine Muslim Extremism: The Saudi Angle

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As has been documented repeatedly, Saudi Arabia is a major source of suicide bombers, religious incitements, and financiers of extremist schools and mosques throughout the world. As the Saudi ruling family's ally and protector, the U.S. government and other institutions cannot be silent while Saudi institutions continue to promote its deadly ideology, Wahhabism. As the Saudi government's ally, the U.S. government has a responsibility to make it clear to the Saudis that religious incitements are not only a threat to our democratic institutions, but also to the international community as well.

This conference will be informational as well as policy oriented, and will include recommendations as to what our government and institutions should promote, regardless of short-term benefits or the lack thereof. The conference is designed to offer alternative information and approaches to address and eliminate the root causes of dangerous religious ideologues.

More About the Speakers


Welcome and Introduction

James Phillips
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs,
The Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Followed by a Panel Discussion featuring

Farzana Hassan
Canadian Muslim author and human rights activist
on empowering Saudi women

Dr. Ahmed Mansour
Muslim scholar,
religious reformist, and authority on Islam
on the transformation of Saudi religious and educational institutions as a prerequisite for undermining extremism

Jack Pearce
Board Member,
Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia,
on whether existing Saudi institutions are  designed to absorb stabilizing and necessary democratic reforms

Lee Smith
Author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations
on his interpretation of the culture of violence in Arab societies