Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Event: Who speaks for Islam? Who speaks for the West? - 11/29

“Who speaks for Islam? Who speaks for the West?”

A panel discussion with:

  • Munir Akram, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
  • Lisa Anderson, Dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  • Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Karen Pierce, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
  • M. Javad Zarif, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations

Moderated by Mustapha Tlili, founder and director of New York University’s Dialogues: Islamic World–U.S.–The West.

The Danish cartoon crisis, the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about Islam, the escalation of violence in Iraq and Afghanistan — these are but a few recent examples of flash points between the Muslim and Western worlds. Five years after 9/11 we are clearly set on a troubling path, defined at the core by a mix of political and cultural issues. With tensions threatening to spiral out of control, what can be done to remedy the current situation? How can we re-inject mutual respect and understanding into the relationship between two great civilizations?

Participants will debate these questions and offer recommendations for charting a new course in Muslim world–Western world relations, focusing on the findings from the report of the February 2006 Dialogues conference, “Who speaks for Islam? Who speaks for the West?”

Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

NYU’s Silver Center for Arts and Science, Jurow Lecture Hall, 100 Washington Square East, New York, New York

RSVP to 212–998–8693 or by November 22, 2006.

Please note: non–NYU guests will be required to show a photo ID for admission.