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Apr 30

Domestic Terrorism and the Battle of Ideas

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The war against terrorism is about more than tactics. It is about illiberal political ideologies and the groups, violent and non-violent, which nourish them. The Fort Hood attack and many other cases of domestic terrorism illustrate the thin line between tyrannical ideas and violence. Yet, the U.S. government appears to be indisposed to addressing Islamism, the political ideology, as a threat. What is the thinking behind this neutrality? What exactly is Islamism in America and how is it connected to terrorism? How can the battle of ideas be waged in a way that protects cherished American religious liberties? How do Muslims feel about Islamism? Are there pro-liberty, pro-American Muslim groups and leaders that can serve as alternatives to the high-profile Islamist inspired and supported ones? How do we differentiate? And what is the best way to engage them? Is the US Government equipped to engage in this battle?

Please, join us as we seek answers to these questions and others with key experts in the battle of ideas and counterterrorism.

More About the Speakers

Hillel Fradkin, Ph.D.
Center for Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World,
Hudson Institute

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.
Chairman and President,
American Islamic Forum for Democracy

James Carafano, Ph.D.
Deputy Director,
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
and Director,
Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

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Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More