Student Leaders Meet Experts on Future of 9/11 Policies

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Ten years after 9/11 U.S. leaders who responded to the attacks will discuss alternative strategies for fighting terrorism with student leaders, now in high school and college, who were under age 12 on September 11, 2001

Ten years after 9/11 U.S. leaders who responded to the attacks will discuss alternative strategies for fighting terrorism with student leaders, now in high school and college, who were under age 12 on September 11, 2001.

The town-meeting forum - "9/11 Dialogue with Future Leaders" - will gather more than 150 students selected from colleges and high schools at noon on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at St. John's College's Great Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D. Md), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has introduced cyber security legislation, will speak and answer questions from students.

Panelists will include:
-Col. J. Matt Venhaus, who gathered interviews of 2,000 captured terrorist suspects for the government to discover, "if putting a bomb in your underpants and getting on an airplane is the answer, what the heck is the question?" and to write a report on "Why Youth Join Al Qaida."
-Carter Malkasian, who led State Department "Provincial Reconstruction Teams" in both Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2009 as reported in the Washington Post, combining an Oxford education and Pashto-language classes to actively engage local leaders where other American leaders feared to tread.
-Retired Army psychiatrist Elspeth "Cam"Ritchie, who was assigned to the Pentagon on 9/11, then put in charge of mental health for her surviving Pentagon co-workers. She went on to study the public's mental health needs from terrorism and mass disasters.
-Former Advisor to the U.N. Secretary General, Juan Mendez, who in 2004, worked to avert a Rwanda-style media agitation for genocide in the Ivory Coast of Africa.
-Ahmad Hafez, first political secretary to the Egyptian Embassy to the US, who has continued his diplomatic role before, during and after Egypt's "Arab Spring" revolution.
-Ermin Sinanovic, U.S. Naval Academy professor of Islamic Studies who will relate the progress of "top- down democracy" in his native Bosnia.
-Randa Hudome, Esq., an Egyptian-American and political consultant, who will discuss the opportunities for the U.S. to accept Muslim-Americans as a valuable resource.
-Colman McCarthy, journalist and peace educator.
-David J. Smith, Outreach Officer of the U.S. Institute of Peace.
-Rachel Wohl, Executive Director of Maryland's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (macro) and Arab-Israeli liaison for Mediators Beyond Borders.

Issues discussed will include: non-military responses to terrorism, cyber security and social media; the role of international mediation and courts in resolving cross-border conflicts; the vies of Islam populations in the U.S. an, the Mid East's "Arab Spring."

More information is available at the event webpage at http://annapolis.quaker.org/911/index.html. Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact 9/11 Dialogue by email to 9.11.program(at)gmail(dot)com, or phone Dr. Phil Favero - 410-268-4716/

After the program has been presented, YouTube video segments will be posted on the account "9/11dialogue."

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