United States of Jihad: The Rise of Radicalism in the U.S. with Peter Bergen

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Marriott Courtyard 21 N. Juniper Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

It all began with an angry young man in Tunisia. Following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, a revolt ensued and the period in history known as the “Arab Spring” was born.

Inspired by this single act of desperation, the people of the Middle East and North Africa hoped to address the battles of the disenfranchised and marginalized, with the expectation that the populations sharing the bonds of ethnicity and religion would be unified. Although technology and social media created a conduit for the Arab Spring’s positive message, it also enabled terrorists and jihadi organizations, such as ISIS, to materialize and strengthen. Dreams of democracy throughout the Muslim world faded with each news report of another kidnapping, another assassination, another town forcibly placed under the fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law.

Join us as our expert speakers consider the consequences of the Arab Spring and discuss the international coalition of world powers working jointly to defeat ISIS through traditional military and cyber force.

Part one of this three-part series will feature Peter Bergen, print and broadcast journalist, documentary producer, CNN security analyst, and author of United States of Jihad. In 1997, Bergen produced the first television interview with Osama bin Laden.

• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $60
• Program and book: $25

General Public
• Speaker cocktail reception, program, and signed book: $80
• Program and book: $35

Full-time Students (with valid ID)
• Program and book: $20

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Educational Events
International Relations
Global Crisis
Human Rights
Foreign Policy/Diplomacy
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Middle East