Annual "Interview Project" Symposium

Rise to Peace also holds an annual “Interview Project” symposium, in which we present a speakers’ series to provide an in-depth analysis of radicalization and extremist recruitment and what can be done to blunt these efforts. The first “Interview Project” Symposium will be on December 06, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The Global War on Terrorism: Myths, Realities & Solutions

Rise to Peace ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating others on the dangers of extremism and terrorism, particularly how these groups prey on and recruit the youth. In this discussion, hosted by Rise to Peace, the panelists will examine the Post-9/11 “Global War on Terrorism” and address such questions as: Have military operations in the Middle East and Africa suppressed terrorist safe havens? Have domestic surveillance efforts helped or hindered internal security in the United States? Have diplomatic efforts fostered cooperation among the United States and its allies to thwart the rise of extremism?

Afghanistan in 2020: Is Peace Possible?

Rise to Peace, in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace, is presenting a compelling panel on the future of Afghanistan’s political environment on April 25, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:30pm at the United States Institute of Peace. Hear from distinguished experts as they discuss the possibilities and challenges involved in the country’s resolution towards peace and its goal to implement a democratic model by 2020. Is such an endeavor possible? What internal and external geopolitical forces will ultimately, shape Afghanistan’s future? Can talks with the Taliban lead to peace in Afghanistan? Is it possible for the Taliban to become a legitimate and mainstream political force? What role, if any, will the United States play in Afghanistan going forward and what might be some factors for motivation or for avoidance? The panel will discuss these imperatives and more.

Kabul Peace Symposium

Rise to Peace held its first-panel discussion in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite the risk of violence and Taliban threats, where locals, experts, and students discussed the immediate need for peace and stability in the country followed by policy recommendation for the United States, the Afghan government, and the international community.