21 September 2010
Ed Husain, Quilliam’s Co-Founder and Co-Director, is to join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a Senior Fellow. The CFR is America’s premier foreign policy think-tank, renowned for its independence and non-partisan approach to understanding the challenges of our time.
Ed Husain, outgoing Co-Director of Quilliam says:
‘It has been a joy and honour to work with the dedicated team at Quilliam — a home to some of the most intelligent, brave, visionary and patriotic young people working in Britain — to counter the ideas that produce terrorism. Led now by my friend and colleague Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam will continue to evolve and to further diversify on a host of new fronts. I want to thank our many friends in media organisations, political parties, civil society initiatives, and government departments that continue to help Quilliam strengthen Britain’s national interests by exposing and challenging extremist ideas among Muslim communities both in the UK and further afield.
‘The battle of ideas surges across the world today, and the United States of America is at the forefront of this struggle. The Council on Foreign Relations is ideally placed to help steer American debates, policy initiatives and find solutions to the complex problems of extremism, the prelude to terrorism.’
Maajid Nawaz, incoming Executive Director says:
‘Over the last three years at Quilliam, we’ve opened a public space in Britain in which it is possible to be fully Muslim and fully Western. More importantly, policymakers and media outlets now understand the difference between Islam the religion, and different strands of Islamism — the modern political ideology that underpins terrorism. Quilliam’s vast output has contributed to improving civil society debates around terrorism, and thereby helping generate more informed government policies toward challenging extremism in communities, prisons and universities, and on the internet.
‘Islamists in Britain are today exposed, discredited, and unable to muster a coherent argument in defence of their confrontational causes, while the majority of normal Muslims are quietly finding harmonious ways in which to respond to the challenges of living in a secular, liberal society. Much of this was made possible by Ed Husain who continues to go from strength to strength; his decision to join CFR makes us proud and will help strengthen transatlantic civil society ties.’
Ed will be based in Washington D.C. from November of this year and will step down as Co-Director of Quilliam. He will be a member of Quilliam’s UK advisory board and its charitable arm in the US, and will continue to maintain his close relationships with British media, government, political, civil and religious organisations.