Why the U.S. is Losing the War on Extremism

| Farah Pandith
Farah Pandith
Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State

Extremist organizations are successfully preying on a rising generation of nearly one billion Muslim millennials in order to add to their ranks, according a new book published by Cipher Brief Expert Farah Pandith.

Pandith was appointed as the first female Special Representative to Muslim Communities by the U.S. State Department in a role that was created for her.  She’s worked for multiple administrations on Middle East initiatives and believes that the U.S. is losing the fight against extremism and will continue to lose, unless an entrepreneurial team of experts comes together to address the issue in a radically different way.

How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat focuses on Pandith’s grass roots plan for stopping the flow of extremist fighters by disrupting the recruitment process, something that she says will take the work of all of the above, to make any real progress.

The Cipher Brief talked with Pandith about her experiences talking with community leaders, private sector entrepreneurs and Muslim youth and what she thinks it will take to win the war on extremism.   

 

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The Author is Farah Pandith

Farah Pandith is an author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. A world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She served as a political appointee under Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and most recently she was the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities, serving both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. She has served on the... Read More

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