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Published:July 3rd, 2006 09:11 EST
Future Leaders to Discuss Western - Muslim Relations

Future Leaders to Discuss Western - Muslim Relations

By Sarah Choudhary

The CUNY Graduate Center is set to host a Young Global Leaders Summit for exceptional students on July 8, 2006 in downtown New York City at the CUNY Graduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium. These future leaders have been selected from across the country to attend the conference through a nomination and application process. The summit’s main focus will be the future of Western- Muslim relations in the world.

Topics that will be discussed during the summit include: Where Muslim and Western relations stand five years after the attacks on 9/11; are we on the right path to improving relations and what will be the long-term plan for strengthening relations between the Islamic world and the United States. Students will have the opportunity to discuss such pressing matters with numerous guest speakers. Confirmed speakers include:

Shamil Idriss, Deputy Director, United Nations Office of the Alliance of Civilizations
Sasha Mehra, Deputy to the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State for Women's Empowerment
Andrea Bartoli, Director, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University
Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Joe Lauria, U.N. correspondent for the Boston Globe and investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London
Rev. Raewynne J. Whiteley, Author of "Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog"
Laura Bagnetto, Correspondent, Saudi Press Agency
Masood Haider, President of the U.N. Correspondents Association and U.N. Correspondent for the Daily DAWN
Abdelkader Abbadi, UN Correspondent for The Independent in New York, former Director of the Department of Political Affairs at the U.N. and former Deputy-Director of Security Council Affairs at the U.N.

The young leaders will also be able to take part in workshops that will aid them in organizing their own events to discuss these matters when they return to their university’s campus. The summit is free for selected participants, including tuition and food thanks to support from the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. This conference is being hosted by Americans for Informed democracy (AID) which is a non-profit and non- partisan organization. For more information on this organization that works to motivate future leaders, visit

The daylong summit will give the students a chance to voice their opinions on one of the most important issues in global affairs.