Summit Event Details

Peacebuilding Approaches to Countering Extremism

Diplomacy Begins Here: Global Ties U.S. Regional Summit

Thursday, August 18
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis

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Includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and hors d’oeuvres reception

  • Students $35
  • Global Minnesota and Global Ties U.S. Members $50
  • Nonmembers $95


A block of rooms is reserved at The Commons Hotel, located on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. The online reservation system is now closed. To make a reservation, please call Melissa Rolf at 612.362.6623 and reference the Global Ties Summit.


7:30 am – Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – Welcome

8:45 am – Plenary Speaker: The Community Partnership Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

10:00 am – Coffee Break and Exhibit Area

10:30 am – Breakout Sessions

  • Diplomacy Simulation (student-only session; begins at 10:00 am)
  • Engaging Youth and Creating Economic Opportunity
  • Women and Families as Agents of Peace

12:00 pm – Break

12:15 pm – Lunch Presentations: Community-led Approaches to Building Resilience – The Minnesota and BRAVE Models

1:45 pm – Break

2:00 pm – Breakout Sessions

  • Cross-Cultural Community Building
  • Social Media: Freedom of Expression and Positive Alternatives
  • Careers in Foreign Affairs

3:30 pm – Coffee Break and Exhibit Area

4:00 pm – Wrap-up Plenary: Lessons from Abroad

4:55 pm – Closing

5:30 pm – Networking Reception at the Weisman Art Museum

Featured Speakers

  • Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Congressman Tom Emmer
  • Abdirizak Farah, Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota
  • Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, President of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education
  • George Selim, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Community Partnerships

This summit is presented in partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State.