Inside the Mind of an Extremist
Shiraz Maher
2015 Oslo Freedom Forum

Shiraz Maher, drawing from his own experience with an extremist group, explains the popularity of groups like ISIS—and how we can stop their dangerous appeal.

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The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) is a thriving global community of rights defenders, dissidents, Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries, heads of state, journalists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, philanthropists, photographers, filmmakers, cartoonists, musicians, scholars, and students. This spring, they come together in Norway to tell their stories, brainstorm ideas, launch initiatives, and share an unforgettable experience of solidarity in challenging arbitrary power around the world.

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    • 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum

      Oslo, Norway
      May 25 – May 27, 2015

      The seventh annual conference united dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers in Oslo for three days of talks, workshops, debates, and art exhibits. 

    • 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

      Defeating Dictators
      Oslo, Norway
      October 20 – October 22, 2014

      The 2014 conference brought together a diverse community to explore innovative nonviolent strategies for defeating dictatorship around the world. 

    • 2013 Oslo Freedom Forum

      Challenging Power
      Oslo, Norway
      May 13 – May 15, 2013

      The fifth anniversary conference was dedicated to the growing might of the OFF community, whose members have shown, time and again, that by standing up for liberty and inspiring action, individuals can confront and prevail over arbitrary power.

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