The Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program is pleased to partner with The Concordia Forum to host a symposium featuring a diverse range of experts to offer perspectives on American policy priorities for the coming decade.

The day-long symposium will feature plenaries on online censorship, hate speech, and the challenges to freedom of expression; challenges facing Muslim communities in the West; repercussions for the US, Pakistan, and the OIC following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; engaging new resources and allies to tackle climate change; and human rights and foreign policy lessons learned from the Uighur and Rohingya struggles.

The symposium will also feature a special keynote by Congressman Adam Schiff, who will discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, national security threats to the United States and its allies, the fight to protect and uphold democracy, and his memoir, “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could.”

In partnership with

The Concordia Forum


10:00 – 10:05 a.m.

Opening remarks

Muddassar Ahmed, President, The Concordia Forum
Jonah Fisher, Senior Director, Millennium Leadership Program, Atlantic Council

Salma Hasan Ali, Author/Storyteller

Plenary 1: Online censorship, hate speech, and the challenges to freedom of expression

Graham Brookie, Senior Director, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council
• Rabia Chaudry, Attorney and Author
Keith Ellison, Attorney General, Minnesota
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League

Alex Johnson, Deputy Director, US Foreign Policy – US Programs, Open Society Foundations

Katherine Brown, President and CEO, Global Ties

10:05 – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Special keynote

The Hon. Adam Schiff, US Representative, California

Plenary II: Challenges facing Muslim communities in the West

Baqir al-Kashmiri, Vice Chairman and Religious Affairs Director, I.M.A.M.
Salam al-Marayati, President, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Debbie Almontaser, Founder, Khalil Gibran International Academy
Saafir Rabb, Muslim community activist

Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Arshia Wajid, Founder, American Muslim Health Professionals

12:00 – 12:55 p.m.
2:00 – 2:55 p.m.

Plenary III: Afghanistan after the withdrawal: The way forward for Pakistan, the US and the OIC

Hassan Abbas, Professor, National Defense University
Hassan Abedin, Academic Researcher
Haris Tarin, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security

Kamran Bokhari, Director, Analytical Development, New Lines Institute

Plenary IV: Engaging new resources and allies to tackle climate change

Vicente Lopez Ibor Mayor, Founder and Former Director, LightSource BP
Ibrahim Ozedmir, Professor and Founding President, Hasan Kalyoncu
Jenan Mohajir, Senior Director of Special Projects, Interfaith Youth Core
Glenn Schatz, Chief Revenue Officer, BlocPower
Michael Shank, Co-Director, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Reed Blakemore, Deputy Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

3:10 – 4:05 p.m.
4:20 – 5:15 p.m.

Plenary V: Human rights and foreign policy: Lessons from the Uighur and Rohingya struggles

Rushan Abbas, Uighur activist
Rayhan Asat, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East programs, Atlantic Council
Arsalan Suleman, Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP
Yasmin Ullah, Rohingya social justice activist

Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, & Human Rights, US Department of State

Arif Hyder Ali, Co-chair of International Arbitration practice, Dechert LLP

The Millennium Leadership Program aims to foster, connect, and empower the next generation of global leaders.