Wednesday, February, 24, 2016

“United States of Jihad.” World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

                             World Affairs Council  of Philadelphia


Location: Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA

$2.00 of every ticket sold benefits the “Help Save Bodine Fund.”

To register using your company’s corporate membership benefits, please call Hayley Boyle, Director of Development & Membership, at 215-561-4700 ext. 222.

United States of Jihad: The Rise of Radicalism in the U.S. with Peter Bergen
February 24, 2016

Series Part I

Series description:
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.

Register for the full series, using the linked button in the right column, to receive a complimentary book at Part II of the series on April 12, 2016.  Book choice includes either Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick OR A Rage for Order, by Robert Worth.