Peace Islands Institute

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Abraham’s...

On January 25, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith Affairs organized Abraham’s Interfaith Lunch jointly with Rev. Jeff Markay from Chatham United Methodist Church on the topic of “Peace Makers in the 21st Century”. The speakers representing each faith shared the lives of peacemakers of their tradition. Rabbi Dem Smith from Temple Or Ha Lev, Reverend […]

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Gordon Johnson...

Assemblyman Johnson underlines importance of ‘acceptance’ at Peace Islands luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on Wednesday, January 20. Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, the keynote speaker for Peace Island Institute’s annual luncheon honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., declared that when it comes to diversity dialogue, he prefers the concept […]

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Panel on “...

Interfaith panel between Jewish and Muslim Communities was held at the PII Upstate NY on October 12, 2015 by PII and TCCR with the partnership of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David. The Muslim Chaplain of University of Rochester, Dr. Celenli and Rabbi Drorah Setel from Temple Emanu-El presented the perspectives from […]

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Interfaith...

Philadelphia (Nov. 24, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute and various community congregations including the Holy Trinity Episcopal church, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, First Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, and Welcome Church participated in an Interfaith Thanksgiving community gathering sponsored by […]

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PII Youth Group...

Peace Islands Institutions Youth group organized a toy drive for the holidays. Peace Islands Institution Youth Vice President Celine Kilic, made boxes for the community to donate new toys. The boxes where located at Quinnipiac University, a local gym, and Yale. PIIY collected over 100 toys. The toys included cars, Barbie dolls, puzzles, and many […]

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The PII...

The Peace Islands Institute strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Istanbul. We stand united with the people of Turkey and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We send our most sincere condolences to the families of those who have died and the Turkish people. We will honor the […]

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Abrahamic...

An Interfaith Dialog Panel was held at BHBI with the partnership of Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David and Peace Islands Institute. Rabbi Alan Katz who is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai of Rochester and Dr. Ahmet Celenli, Muslim Chaplain of University of Rochester were the two panelists. The perspectives of Jewish and Muslim traditions […]

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Women;...

International Women Day Panel held at PII Upstate NY headquarter in Rochester. Dr. Gabriella Bedewi, Dr. Melody Cofield, Executive Director at Legacy Women Institute International, and Mrs. Esra Gedemenli, MS.Ed. were the three panelists. The role of women in the societies as educators and as the economic power were the topics discussed at the panel. […]

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Interfaith...

Panel between Jewish and Muslim Communities were held at the PII Upstate in Rochester. The Roundtable discussions was very helpfull participants to discuss the topics were selected to better understand each others. Dr. Celenli, muslim chaplain at U of R and Elena Spouza moderated the panel. Around sixty participants from both Communities had a great […]

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PII Upstate NY...

PII Upstate NY was invited to a Unite Rochester Panel at the City of Rochester Members of the PII Upstate NY was invited to a forum focused on educating the public about the criminal justice system at the City of Rochester which was planned by Unite Rochester’s Justice Engagement Committee, the event was part of […]

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Interfaith...

An Interfaith Dialog Panel was organized in October between Jewish-Muslim Communities by the Peace Islands Institute Upstate NY with the partnership of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David and TCC Rochester at the BHBI. Two panelists from each side had 20 minutes of presenting their perspectives on the topic of “The Role […]

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PII Center for...

(November 24, 2015) Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith Affairs organized an early Thanksgiving Dinner with the participation of guests from different spectrums. Being PII`s one of the most important social engagement level, Thanksgiving Dinners bring together people with various religious faiths together to promote the essence of living together by appreciating our differences. Among […]

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Journalism in...

New York, NY, Dec 8 — Center for Media Affairs of Peace Islands Institute organized a panel discussion on the topic “Journalism in Jail”. This panel was moderated by Frankie Edozien, Professor at NYU School of Journalism, and featured Joel Simon, Executive Director of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Jason Mojica, Editor in Chief of […]

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Fethullah Gulen...

Fethullah Gulen’s Op-ed in Le Monde: Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called ISIS. I share a profound frustration with a billion and a half Muslims around […]

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Friendship...

On December 20, 2015, PII Center for Interfaith organized a Friendship Gathering event with Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey. PII members attended the Sunday service and brought several dishes from Turkish cuisine to be shared during coffee hour. It was a great opportunity for community members to get to know their neighbors and […]

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Abraham’s...

The Department of Religion of Seton Hall University and Peace Islands Institute presented an Abraham’s Table, a lunch and panel discussion, on Wednesday, December 9 in the Bishop Dougherty Student Center. The topic of discussion by representatives of the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – was the meaning of the word Peace […]

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Abraham’s...

Peace Islands Institute, in collaboration with Wood Hath Hope and Turkish Cultural Center-Syracuse held the Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Migrations in Religion’. Three panelists, each representing one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) continued to analyze the theme in search for answers to some of the key questions taken up during the […]

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2nd Annual...

2nd Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Dinner was held at the TCCR by the Peace Islands Institute with over hundred guests. We want to thank to Brighton Town Supervisor, Bill Moehle, Monroe County Chief Deputy, David Phelps, Prof. Matt Temple from Nazareth College, Marine Colonel Matt Nafus and Mary Chao from D and C and the representative […]

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Interfaith...

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The audience was eager to hear the panelists talk about the current issue of refugees. On Nov. 19, 2015 Peace Island Institute hosted an interfaith discussion on the current refugee crisis. The event started with a light dinner, and then followed to the moderator, June-Ann Greeley, an associate professor in the Department […]

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Friendship...

On Monday, November 16th, Peace Islands Institute held a Friendship Gathering featuring ‘Love is A Verb’ documentary screening in New Haven. The program started with an evening meal. Attendees from various backgrounds united under one common thing: to build bridges of peace. With special emphasis on Thanksgiving as central theme of the gathering, attendees had […]

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The 2nd Sisters...

On Thursday, November 5th, Peace Islands Institute’s Sisters in Spirit group held its’ second gathering in New Haven. The discussion topic of the evening was ‘Items that represent individual spirituality and/or faith’. Women who identified themselves as followers of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Pantheism beliefs were among the attendees. After a brief opening and dinner, […]

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PII Youth...

Peace Islands Institute Youth President, Hatice Bolat held a bake sale at UCONN Waterbury for the PII Youth Refugee Project. Bolat who is also a UCONN freshman organized the fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 4. The bake sale consisted of brownies, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops. PII Youth members were able to earn $250 from the […]

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“Love is A...

In September, the documentary, ‘Love is A Verb’ met with students and professors at both Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac universities. The film, documenting people living in the idea of love as a verb through their work in “Hizmet” meaning Service, a social movement inspired by Peace Islands Institute’s Honorary President, Mr. Fethullah Gulen. The audience […]

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A Conference on...

A Conference on the Freedom of the Press in the Middle East was held in Boston College on Saturday. A joint program by the Peace Islands Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to dialogue and peacebuilding, and the Boston College Islamic Civilization and societies program, the conference consisted of a three panel discussion on the topics […]

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Legacy Award...

The Philadelphia branch of Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its Legacy Awards Ceremony on November 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. This is an annual flagship event, formerly called the Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organized by PII to recognize individuals or groups whose accomplishments exemplifies the commitments PII advocates. The Legacy […]

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What can men do...

Men can prevent Family Violence ‘Men Can’ meeting was held on Thursday, October 1st in LOVE Park located in downtown Philadelphia. Lutheran Settlement House hosted the event where the focus was on preventing family violence. Peace Islands Institute (PII) Philadelphia was one of the sponsors. Participation was very high. The aim of the event was […]

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PII...

On Friday October 2nd Peace Islands Institute Pennsylvania visited the Lutheran House Settlement at the Jane Addams Place. The Jane Addams Place is a comprehensive emergency homeless shelter in Philadelphia for up to 29 mothers with children. PII collaborated with the Turkish Cultural Center Pennsylvania and Embrace Relief for the “Meat and Greet” initiative to […]

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Condolence for...

The Peace Islands Institute strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Paris. We stand united with the people of France and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We send our most sincere condolences to the families of those who have died and the French people. We will honor the […]

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Annual Benefit...

A culmination of great year of outreach for Peace Islands Institute. The annual benefit gala at the Seaport Boston Hotel brought many familiar faces to attendance. Host Burhan Kaya was extremely pleased with the turn out of the event. Event was kicked off by Kaya’s warm welcoming remarks. Ed DeMore and Senator Mark C. Montigny […]

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Peru`s...

October 24, New York – Peace Islands Institute Center for Global Affairs has organized a Round Table Discussion on the “Peru`s Achievements in the Socio-Economic Development” in partnership with the Journalists and Writers Foundation. The round table featured two Members of the Congress of Peru, Hon. Maria Lourdes Alcorta and Hon. Carlos Bruce, who discussed the […]

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10th Annual...

Peace Islands, Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse, and Turkish Student Association at Syracuse University held 10th Annual Friendship Dinner on October, 23rd at Shine Student Center at Syracuse University. The topic of the event was International Refugee Challenge and Social Cohesion presented by Prof. Robert B. Murret, Deputy Director at Syracuse University. Prof Murret noted […]

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Young Peace...

Young Peace Ambassadors Academy was invited to Student Opportunities Fair (October 8, 2015) Peace Islands Institute’s Young Peace Ambassadors Academy was invited to the annual Student Opportunities Fair hosted by Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management (UASEM) and Urban Assembly Maker Academy (UAMA) in Manhattan, NY. Nushrat and Nasreen were two high school students from […]

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Women and...

Peace Islands Institute and Trinity Memorial Church organized a panel to discuss and verbalize the issues about the women and poverty problems in Philadelphia. They had six speakers with very different backgrounds to point out their opinions and solution ideas. Awareness of the problem of homelessness, especially for women in Philadelphia. How this problem affects […]

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5.th Annual...

June 30th, 2015, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, NY. Turkish Cultural Center Buffalo (TCCB) and Peace Islands Institute (PII) organized the Fourth Annual Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the City Hall on June 30th. The event hosted a diverse group of community leaders such as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, NFTA […]

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UNGA Conference...

UNGA Conference 2015 UN POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: Contributions of Private Sector and Civil Society (September 29, 2015 – New York) . . On September 29, 2015, Journalists & Writers Foundation and Peace Islands Institute organized UNGA Conference 2015 by true collaboration and partnership of civil society organizations from around the world. The UNGA Conference 2015 […]

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UNGA High-Level...

UNGA High-Level Reception 2015 UN POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships (September 30, 2015 – Waldorf Astoria, NY) The United Nations, having its 70th Anniversary this year, has involved enormous contributions of the private sector and civil society to finalize the Post-2015 Development Agenda. By inviting the Heads of Delegates together with CSOs […]

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Violent...

On Thursday, September 22, Peace Islands Institute Connecticut hosted a lecture titled “Violent Extremism in the Name of Religion” by Dr. Hasan Tahsin Arslan from Pace University. Dr. Arslan began his lecture with an overview of the history of terrorism since the 1970s that emerged with Greek anarchist groups, “Post Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, […]

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The Peace...

The Peace Islands Institute deplores the bombing attacks perpetrated against peaceful protesters  two days ago in Ankara. We are deeply saddened by the increasing number of losses and injuries and offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. It is now more important than ever that we do not fall prey to the […]

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Report: Islam &...

Islam & Democracy : A Closer Look at the Turkish Model   Download Link: Report Islam & Democracy

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How do faith...

How do faith-based movements fit into global civil society? The case of Gulen Movement Institute of Global Affairs, MOYNIHAN, at Maxwell School, Syracuse University held a talk by Dr. Alp Aslandogan on Gulen movement and its position in the global civil society. Dr. Aslandogan, the President of the Alliance for shared values, noted the key […]

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Creating Space...

On September 20th the Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith affairs cosponsored a free public forum on cultivating a multifaith understanding with Gratz College at its campus in Melrose Park, PA. The forum entitled “Creating Space for Faith” sought to facilitate dialogue on the necessity of interfaith cooperation between the local Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, and […]

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Philadelphia...

Philadelphia Interfaith Community hosted a round table discussion of Abraham’s sacrifice on August 25th. Three speakers from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith read the sections about Abraham’s sacrifice from their holy books and told explained the common belief in their faith about the story. Each small lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a […]

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Suny Geneseo...

Many students from different backgrounds and different religions attended to Ramadan iftar dinner which was organized by Peace Islands Institute and co-sponsored by TCCR at Suny Geneseo College on 10th of July. Participants were informed about Ramadan and fasting via a video presentation. After video presentation, guests had iftar dinner. Most participants had a chance […]

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PII Organized...

Peace Island Institute organized an interfaith Ramadan program with Temple Beth Am on 5th of July. As a first part of the program for the observance of the coincidence of the Ramadan pre-fasting & sahoor meal ate with the community members at Temple Beth Am at 02.30 am. Despite the late hour many people attended […]

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Annual...

Peace Island Institute organized iftar dinner on the 1st day of Ramadan at its location in Rochester. Many guests from different religions, ethicities and backgrounds shared the peace, joy and the spirit of Ramadan. The Ramadan presentation about fasting, left the guests with curiosity. After the evening prayer, guests ate the first iftar dinner of […]

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A Hizmet...

Thought & Practice Series: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism   Click Here for Original Article    

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Dinner at...

On Friday July 10th Peace Islands Institute hosted a community dinner at Drexel University. In collaboration with Drexel Student Affairs and the Student Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Dinner at Abraham’s Table honored both Muslim and Jewish traditions as both an Iftar and Shabbat dinner. The event was held in Behrakis Grand Hall and with […]

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Interfaith...

On Monday June 30th Peace Islands hosted an interfaith Ramadan Iftar at Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia to commemorate the Muslim Holy month of fasting. The event was cosponsored by Trinity Memorial Church and the Center City Residents Association along with support from other churches and synagogues. The program started with a short […]

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Chattanooga...

Peace Islands Institute condemns the tragic shooting at Military Site in Chattanooga, where a gunman opened fire on a military recruiting station, killed four United States Marines and wounded three other people before he died in police gunfire on Thursday July 16th. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about this incident. We […]

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The first of...

The first of Sisters in Spirit Interfaith Iftar Dinner, one of the most recent event series organized by Peace Islands Institute Connecticut, took place on Wednesday, January 8th at the Peace Islands Institute Connecticut office. Guests, from different backgrounds, shared bread and ideas following a brief introduction to Ramadan. Attendees expressed that these events were […]

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Interfaith...

PII Upstate NY, held an iftar dinner with the support of Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP) at the Interfaith Center of State University of New York Geneseo. Local communities, youth groups, college faculty and neighbors in the Geneseo village and town were among the attendants. Kathleen Jones, the President of Interfaith Center at Geneseo, emphasized […]

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Iftar dinner...

CLIFTON — Allwood Community Church hosted an Iftar dinner — the evening meal that breaks daily fasting during the Muslim season of Ramadan on June 24. The event was sponsored by Peace Islands Institute, of Hasbrouck Heights, and the Turkish Cultural Center, of Clifton. More than 40 people of different faiths enjoyed the food and […]

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Peace Islands...

An iftar was held in Columbia University, bringing together numerous prominent members of the community. The event, organized by the Peace Islands Institute (PII), the New York Interfaith Center and Columbia University’s religious studies department, hosted former US Vice President Al Gore’s daughter Karenna Gore and prominent Indonesian religious figure Imam Shamsi Ali. Sarah Sayeed, […]

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Young Peace...

Young Peace Ambassadors Academy 2015 Graduation Ceremony H.E. Ambassador Narinder Kakar  Permanent Observer of IUCN Jordi Torrent  United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Rabia Madhi  United Nations OICT Yumi Nagasawa  The Japan Society Marie Claudine  Why Do I Exist Foundation Christian Doktor  Permanent Mission of Germany Press Secretary Conrad Häßler  Berlin Chancellor`s Office European Relations . […]

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Iftar Dinner at...

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and it is known as the most blessed month. This is the month when Muslims all around the world starts fasting by abstaining from food, drink and certain other physical needs during the daylight hours. Aside from physical needs, it also requires a total commitment […]

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PII held an...

Center for Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Bryn Mawr (Tuesday, June 23rd) – Peace Islands Institute held an interfaith iftar fast breaking meal at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr. The program was the traditional fast breaking dinner that happens at sunset during Ramadan, and also included some discussion from the participants and some insights […]

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Interfaith...

Center for Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Philadelphia City Hall (Friday, June 19th) – On Friday, June 19th 2015, Philadelphians had the opportunity to experience the Interfaith Ramadan Festival. The event organized by Peace Islands Institute’s Center for Interfaith Affairs, Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of […]

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Peace Islands...

IFTAR DINNER—On June 24, Allwood Community Church, 100 Chelsea Rd., hosted an Iftar dinner—the evening meal that breaks daily fasting during the Muslim season of Ramadan. The event was sponsored by Peace Islands Institute, Hasbrouck Heights, and the Turkish Cultural Center of Clifton. Over 40 people of different faiths enjoyed the food and fellowship. Ercan […]

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PII Condemns...

June 18, 2015 To dear friends in South Carolina, On behalf of my associates at Peace Islands Institute here in New Jersey, I would like to express our great sorrow regarding the tragic shooting that took place June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. We were shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of this […]

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Ambassadors...

On 11 June 2015, Peace Islands Institute held the first panel of the Ambassadors Series 2015: “African Solutions to African Problems.” This forum hosts Permanent Representatives of African States to the United Nations who share their experiences and shed light on the perspectives of African States concerning the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, our […]

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