Qamar-ul Huda is the Director of the Security and Violent Extremism program at the Center for Global Policy, a think-tank in Washington, DC. He served as a senior policy advisor to former US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. Dr Huda is the editor of Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam and the author of Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis. His studies and writings–which have been published in international journals and newspapers–are geared toward examining religious identities, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution, and non-violence in Islam. He is adjunct associate Prof at Georgetown University and an expert for the UN Alliance for Civilizations.