Upcoming Programs

“Yemen: The Forgotten War”

Mohammed Al Samawi

Date: Thursday, January 21
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Zoom
It’s Free: And as a member you will receive priority enrollment.

You won’t want to miss Mr. Al Samawi’s talk!

How can a five-year-old war claiming 100,000 lives, with millions more suffering from cholera and starvation, be forgotten?

Yemeni native, war survivor, author and interfaith activist Mohammed Al Samawi will guide us through the war’s origins and complexities, and why the conflict, described by the New York Times and the United Nations as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” must matter deeply to the United States and the world.

Along the way we will hear of Mr. Al Samawi’s narrow escape from the war’s carnage, thanks to four young Americans who responded to his plea on social media. Captured in his award-winning book, “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America” (William Morrow), this is a tale of suspense, daring and hope.

After escaping the war in 2015, Mohammed Al Samawi launched Abrahamic House, a multi-faith incubator for social change with a mission to build sustainable learning and action across Muslim, Jewish, Bahai and Christian communities. Previously, Mr. Al Samawi worked for several NGOs, including Oxfam and World Relief, and as a freelance researcher and writer for Boehncke Information Technology GmbH. Currently he lives and works in California.

We are pleased to present a speaker of Mr. Al Samawi’s experience, expertise and caliber, so register now.

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And Coming Up Soon…

February 18
David Perry, of the William J. Perry Project, with cultural anthropologist (and WACSC member) Dr. Donna Brasset-Shearer, on Iran.
Melissa Hanham, Deputy Director of Open Nuclear Network, on North Korea.
April 15
Keith McCormick, U.S. Department of State (retired) on then-President Biden’s cabinet.
May 20
Daniel Zoughbie, Vice-Chair, Center of Middle East Studies, on the Middle East.

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