Extremism Prevention: Experiences of Frontline Practitioners


On April 17, 2020, at 11 AM EST, the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University hosted a Zoom panel discussion on prevention programs for extremism, leveraging the personal experience of four frontline practitioners.


The panelists, three of whom were previously members of various extremist groups, discussed the process of radicalization, prevention and de-radicalization, while addressing the related dynamics with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussion was moderated by Program on Extremism Director of Research Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens and featured:

Myrieme Churchill, the Executive Director of Parents for Peace (www.parents4peace.org) and operates the organization's counter-extremism intervention helpline for concerned families;

Arno Michaelis, a Parents For Peace member and Former White Power musician, turned tolerance educator and author of “The Gift of Our Wounds”; and 

Mubin Shaikh, a Parents For Peace member and former Taliban and Al Qaeda supporter turned de-radicalization expert and author of his memoir “Undercover Jihadi”; Christopher Buckley is a Parents For Peace member, Veteran and former Ku Klux Klan member who now helps with intervention efforts.