The world’s most violent conflicts are being fought within its most youthful populations. In the five countries that suffered nearly 80 percent of recent deaths from violent extremism, half of all people were younger than 22. The youth in these countries are also some of their communities’ most effective peacebuilders and best hopes for breaking cycles of violence.
On December 12, USIP streamed a forum with thought leader and youth leader participants from USIP’s Youth Leaders’ Exchange with His Holiness the Dalai Lama discussing what it takes to build inner resilience and how to apply it to peacebuliding.
Founder, Wadi Ben-Hriki Foundation (Nigeria)
Executive Director, Leave Out Violence-U.S., (U.S.)
Member of Council, MESPO-Iraq (Iraq)
Advisor, Obama Foundation (U.S.)
Editorial Writer, USA Today (U.S)