How using a U.S. approach to stem gang violence might help Mideast youths
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Press Club:
- Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress and the implementer of Ambassadors for Peace in Iraq;
- Dr. Gary Slutkin, executive director of Ceasefire and developer of the "Contagion of Violence" model;
- Jason Featherstone, executive director of Saving Our Streets, London
Slutkin has long advanced the theory that violence behaves like a disease. An expert in infectious disease control and epidemiology previously with the World Health Organization, Slutkin has been considering the spread, transmission and control of violence as a disease for the past 15 years. Featherstone will analyze the events that transpired in the Tottenham area of London and spread throughout the city, explaining how an effective mediation structure in place may have been able to interrupt the outbreak. Al-Suwaij will demonstrate similar patterns of contagion spreading throughout the Middle East, especially since the advent of the Arab Spring.
The National Press Club Newsmaker news conference begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in the club's First Amendment Lounge.
SOURCE National Press Club