“Violent Extremism in West Africa” with Michael Pelletier
Feb 11 2013 2pm
LocationEdward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 270
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DescriptionThe Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
invites you to a briefing:
Violent Extremism in West Africa
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Monday, February 11, 2013
2:00pm - ICC 270
Pelletier will discuss violent extremism in Nigeria and West Africa more broadly as a phenomenon that is far more complex and complicated than being simply a religious issue. In countries such as Nigeria and Mali, the violence is linked to many factors. While some attempt to use religious terms to gain legitimacy and push their grievances, Pelletier will make the case that we should not give these violent extremists the undisputed right to set the narrative.
Michael Pelletier is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. From 2009-2012, Pelletier served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy at the American Embassy in New Delhi, where he oversaw the U.S. government's public diplomacy mission in India, including operations at the Embassy, the American Center in New Delhi, and the U.S. Consulates General in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Previously, Pelletier served as the U.S. government's Arabic language spokesman and founding director of the Arabic Regional Public Diplomacy Hub in Dubai. Pelletier is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has worked for the Department of State and the U.S. Information Agency in various public affairs positions including Counselor for Public Affairs in Amman, Jordan; Dakar, Senegal; and Bamako, Mali. He has also served in Kaduna, Nigeria; Cairo, Egypt; and Chennai, India. Pelletier has a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Masters from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is fluent in French and Arabic. Pelletier is married to Sujatha Pelletier, and they have two sons, Aniketan (age 9) and Ethan (age 5).
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