Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy


We invite to register to attend and participate in the 17th Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) which will be held in Washington DC on Thursday, April 21st, 2016


17th Annual Conference


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

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8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.    Registration

8:30 am - 9:00           Welcoming and Opening Remarks

Prof. Asma Asfaruddin - Chair, CSID Board of Directors 
Prof. Nader Hashemi - Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.        Keynote Presentation

Keith Ellison 
United States Representative (D-MN)

9:30 am - 10:45 am        Panel 1

Panel 1: Countering Extremism, Promoting Democracy

  • "Iraq's Anti-ISIS Militias: Implications for Democracy" - Hassan Abbas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Analytical Studies at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University (NDU)
  • "ISIS and Radical Islam: Sources of Their Appeal in Sudan" - Atta El-Battahani and Hafiz Ahmed Abdalla - 
  • "Countering ISIS and Promoting Democracy Among Filipino Youth in Bangsamoro Region" - Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan, Executive Director of the Al Qalam Institute of Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia at Ateneo de Davao University

10:45 am- 11:15 am         Coffee and Tea Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.        Panel 2

Panel 2: Strategizing Democratization

  • "Promoting Democracy in the Face of Autocratic Meltdown and the Rise of Geosectarianism and Jihadism" - Kamran Bokhari, Fellow, Program on Extremism, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University, and Senior Lecturer, Security and Policy Institute, Univ. of Ottawa
  • "Citizenship and Authoritarianism in Saudi Arabia After the Arab Spring" - Natana DeLong-Bas, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Theology Department & Islamic Civilization and Societies, Boston College
  • "Aspirations for a Dignified Life: Palestinians in a Post-National World" - Maria Holt, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Westminster
  • "The Influence of Ghannouchism on Malaysian Political Parties" - Maszlee Malik, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiqh and Usul al­Fiqh, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Keynote Banquet Luncheon

Abdelfattah Mourou 
Vice President of the Tunisian Parliament

Anne Patterson (Invited) 
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs 
U.S. Department of State

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        Panel 3

Panel 3: Islam, Moral Authority, and Political Rights

  • " Beyond the Arab Spring: Islamic Movements Engaging with Democracy" - Sebastian N, Professor, Dept. of International Relations, Sikkim Central University, Gangtok, India
  • "Palestine-Israel and the Neoliberal Ideal" - Luke Peterson, Visiting Assistant Professor in History, The University of Pittsburgh
  • "Preserving Stability in Jordan" - Anja Wehler-Schoeck, Resident Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Jordan & Iraq
  • "The Challenge of 'Daesh' and Rebuilding the House of Islam" - Rashid Shaz, Professor &  Director, Centre for Promotion of Educational & Cultural Advancement of Muslims, Aligarh Muslim University, India
  • "Reconsidering Moral Authority, Reconsidering Terrorism" - Alexs Thompson, Ph.D., Middle Eastern/Religious Studies, University of Chicago

3:30-4:00 p.m.        Coffee and Tea Break

4:00-5:30 p.m.        Panel 4


The Future of Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring

  • John Voll, Professor, Georgetown University
  • Nathan Brown, Professor, George Washington University
  • Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
  • Amy Hawthorne, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
  • William Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

5:30-5:45 pm  Closing Remarks

Prof. Tamara Sonn - Chair, CSID Program Committee

Co-Sponsors of the Annual Conference: 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

  We expect about 200 local, regional and international experts, academics, politicians, and policy-makers from the US and the Muslim World.

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