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Islam and Western Society

Speakers for CSI's Islam and Western Society

James Littleton

James Littleton specializes in developing communications strategies to support conflict transformation efforts. He has worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Somalia, Iraq and Kosovo. In 2001 he was recruited by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwe’s opposition party, as a strategic communications adviser and set up the MDC’s Policy Institute in 2003. James left South Africa in September 2006 to take up a position in Iraq, where he spent three years. In 2009 James was awarded a scholarship to study for a mid-career Masters in International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. On completion, he joined Bell Pottinger as a Senior Strategist and is now working on a contract with UNSOA in Somalia advising on strategic communications activities aimed at fostering grassroots reconciliation. 

Dr. John Wimberly

Dr. John Wimberly has been a pastor in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area since 1976 and at Western Presbyterian since 1983 and is currently the president of the Washington D.C. chapter of the ACLU. He works hands-on to empower the most vulnerable citizens of the nation's capital and to support those who serve them. As associate pastor of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, he helped found the Network of Abused Women. Soon after he moved to Western, in 1983, he co-founded Miriam's Kitchen for the Homeless, which has been feeding breakfast to homeless people five days a week for 17 years.

Dr. Ali Alyami

A human rightsactivist, Dr. Ali Alyami is the Executive Director and founder of The Center for Democracy and Human Rights. Before founding CDHR, Dr. Alyami held the position of Senior Fellow at the Saudi Institutein Washington, D.C.,the director of the Educational Peace Program for the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco, and as a Representative for the Arab Organization for Human Rightsin North America. He has spoken at conferences throughout the U.S., Egypt, Israel, Sudan, and London, and has provided expert testimony for the United States Congress, advised senior officials at the Pentagon, National Security Council, and the Department of State.

Magazine  articles have also been published in Human Events Online, American Thinker, American Security Council Foundation, the Weekly Standard, Washington Times, and National Review Online. She is a survivor of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City.

Dr. Ahmed Moen

Dr. Ahmed Moen is an associate professor in the Health Management Sciences Program at Howard Univeristy. He is speaking on behalf of the Islamic Center of Washington.

Deborah Weiss, Esq.

Deborah Weiss, Esq. is a lawyer, writer and public speaker. She works for Vigilance, Inc. Vigilance is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating federal officials and the public on the infiltration of non-violent political Islam that threatens America's freedoms from within. She formerly worked for the Committee on House Oversight in Congress; the Forbes for President Campaign in 1995-96; and served as an attorney in New York under the Giuliani administration. In addition to contributing to FrontPage.

Dr. Diane Perlman

Dr. Diane Perlman, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Mediators Beyond Borders, and Transcend. Her professional work addresses issues of enmity, the psychology of nuclear proliferation, cycles of violence, reducing terrorism, conflict dynamics, psychological factors contributing to climate chaos, language, messaging and framing, the problematic psychology of the two-party system and right/left politics, and is currently co-authoring a book on Reconciliation with Johan Galtung and Joanna Santa Barbara.