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Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: A New American Strategy

A One-Day Conference – Friday, September 6th, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Room HVC 201

Recent events in Egypt, Syria, Benghazi, Mali, and Nigeria demonstrated that U.S. policy in the Middle East and Africa was failing—neither was it making Americans safer nor was it helping to bring about regional peace and democracy. The U.S. government built its strategy on the belief that supporting “non-violent” Islamists, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, would weaken the violent Islamists—Al Qaeda and all affiliated movements.   With the violence throughout the region signaling a clear failure of this strategy,  the United States must radically reassess its strategic approach.  This conference brought together leading experts on Islamist ideology, terrorism, and the Middle East, to lay out a new U.S. strategy which will increase domestic security at home, undermine al Qaeda, and stabilize the region.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, The Role of Religion in the Battle Space since 9/11

Tawfik Hamid, Psychology and Ideology of Islamist Extremism

Dr. J. Michael Waller, The Muslim Brotherhood and the Mobilizational Power of Ideology

Stephen Ulph, The Importance of Muslim Reformers

Robert R. Reilly, Information Operations: Successes and Failures

Walid Phares, A New U.S. Response to Upheaval in the Middle East

Diana West, Countering Subversion: Lessons from History

Katharine C. Gorka, The OIC’s Political Warfare

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, A New American Strategy

The event was free to attend, but for security purposes all participants had to register beforehand.

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The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101, Tel. 1-703-288-2885

Katharine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director, kcg@westminster-institute.org

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