Dialogue on Combating Religious Extremism and Terror with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

April 19, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Atlantic Council 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20005
Washington, DC

Dialogue on Combating Religious Extremism and Terror with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Welcome Remarks:
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council​

Introductory Remarks:
Mukesh Aghi
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum

A conversation with:
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The Art of Living Foundation

Moderated by:
Bharath Gopalaswamy
Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council​

Please join the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum for a discussion on combating religious extremism and terror with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 19, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. 

DATE:           Thursday, April 19, 2018

TIME:             5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

LOCATION:  Atlantic Council 

                      1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor 

                      Washington, DC 20005 

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Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy is the director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Gopalaswamy managed the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he oversaw developing projects on South Asian security issues. He has held research appointments with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and with Cornell University's Judith Reppy Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Gopalaswamy holds a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in numerical acoustics from Trinity College, Dublin. In addition to his studies abroad, he has previously worked at the Indian Space Research Organization's High Altitude Test Facilities and the EADS Astrium GmbH division in Germany.

Dr. Mukesh Aghi is president of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and has more than 27 years of experience across diverse industries. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Steria India. He has also served as president of IBM India and worked with J.D. Edwards and Ariba, with postings in France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, India and the United States. Dr. Aghi has been associated with Universitas 21 Global, the world's largest consortium of research-led universities and a global leader in providing postgraduate online education. Dr. Aghi holds an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University in California. He earned a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the Founder of the Art of Living Foundation which is the largest volunteer based NGO in the world. He is globally recognized as a humanitarian, teacher and peacemaker. In 1997 he founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). Present in 155 countries, these organizations have served more than 370 million people of every religion, class and culture through projects and programs of personal development. Of particular note is Sri Sri's work to end the degrading and ancient status of untouchables in India. In the United States, Sri Sri's organizations provide PTSD treatment for US veterans; prisoner rehabilitation as well as youth education and women's empowerment programs. Sri Sri has traveled to Sri Lanka, Iraq, the Balkans, Israel, Lebanon, Kashmir, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Colombia to encourage the peaceful resolution of conflicts and is regarded as a neutral, unbiased party. He is also a force that recognizes the lasting value of education on individuals and society, and has pioneered initiatives in the tribal and rural belts of India where child labor and poverty are widespread. In 2009, he founded a university as a center for world class education in India. Sri Sri University combines rigorous classes in the liberal arts, science and business with a concern for the character development of its students.

Frederick Kempe is the president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council. Under his leadership since 2007, the Council has achieved historic, industry-leading growth in size and influence, expanding its work through regional centers spanning the globe and through centers focused on topics ranging from international security and energy to global trade and next generation mentorship. Before joining the Council, Kempe was a prize-winning editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal for more than twenty-five years. In New York, he served as assistant managing editor, International, and columnist. Prior to that, he was the longest-serving editor and associate publisher ever of the Wall Street Journal Europe, running the global Wall Street Journal's editorial operations in Europe and the Middle East. In 2002, The European Voice, a leading publication following EU affairs, selected Kempe as one of the fifty most influential Europeans, and as one of the four leading journalists in Europe. At the Wall Street Journal, he served as a roving correspondent based out of London; as a Vienna Bureau chief covering Eastern Europe and East-West Affairs; as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC; and as the paper's first Berlin Bureau chief following the unification of Germany and collapse of the Soviet Union.

As a reporter, he covered events including the rise of Solidarity in Poland and the growing Eastern European resistance to Soviet rule; the coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and his summit meetings with President Ronald Reagan; the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon in the 1980s; and the American invasion of Panama. He also covered the unification of Germany and the collapse of Soviet Communism. He is the author of four books. The most recent, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, was a New York Times Best Seller and a National Best Seller. Published in 2011, it has subsequently been translated into thirteen different languages.

Kempe is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a member of the International Fellows program in the School of International Affairs. He won the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's top alumni achievement award and the University of Utah's Distinguished Alumnus Award. For his commitment to strengthening the transatlantic alliance, Kempe has been decorated by the Presidents of Poland and Germany and by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.