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Members of Generations for Peace come to START to discuss countering violent extremism


Members of Generations for Peace come to START to discuss countering violent extremism

November 8, 2021Erin Copland

Last month, START hosted the President of Generations For Peace (GFP) to discuss preventing and countering violent extremism. GFP is a global peacebuilding organization headquartered in Amman, Jordan, with experience supporting volunteer-led community programs in 51 countries around the world.

GFP President Dr. Mohanned Arabiat, GFP Chief Programs Officer Dr. Carol Daniel-Kasbari and GFP Development and Partnerships Director & U.S. Representative Lindsay McClain Opiyo visited the U.S. to share more about their approach and impact with key partners, and to deepen relationships between the U.S. and Jordan. Dr. Arabiat’s visit to START came at the recommendation of Susan Szmania, a former START researcher currently working in community engagement with the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.

“Generations for Peace is an organization with really incredible experience in a range of very different countries,” START Director William Braniff said. “It was really interesting to get Dr. Arabiat’s perspective on challenges and responses to violent extremism in the United States, and to discuss possible avenues for collaboration.”

Prior to coming to START, the delegation visited Nashville, Tenn. and Chicago, Ill., where they hosted an international Sport For Peace exchange between youth leaders from Jordan and the U.S., supported by the U.S. Embassy in Amman.