On the 5th of May 2009 Quilliam’s co-Director Ed Husain was hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to discuss how the US can learn from the British experience of dealing with minorities and ethno-religious tensions.


Speaking to a group of policy-makers and opinion-formers, Ed spoke about the need to promote a positive, pluralist message of democracy in countries which might not always welcome a free civil society. And democracy activists had a duty to be aware that free and fair elections are not necessarily opposed by extremists, but popular sovereignty remains opposed by all Islamist groups.


Democracy activists around the world who are supported by NED can pose a tough challenge to extremism and offer a powerful, positive alternative.