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Winner of the IPPY Award for Current Events (Social Issues



Leena Al Olaimy is an author, Dalai Lama Fellow, Expo 2020 Global Impact Innovator, and a Wall Street Journal “Woman of Note".


She is the founder and CEO of

Symbaiosys (Trillion Tree Fund),

which is scaling up conservation

finance, and cofounder of 3BL Associatesan award-winning people+planet strategy consultancy working on peace, climate change, and inclusive economic growth.


Through 3BL's think-do-tank Leena has

co-founded Public-Planet Partnerships, Nonviolent Resilience, and Diversity On Board. 


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One of the best new books on counterterrorism and P/ CVE

“An honest, comprehensive, and thoughtful critique highlighting and challenging stereotypes and assumptions about terrorism and violent extremism. A must-read for anyone involved in peace building and conflict resolution.”

—Eva Grosman, CEO, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, and Director for Public Affairs, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict,

University of Oxford

“This book brings a refreshing alternative to the fiction that state force is the long-term solution to terrorism. A thoughtful, personal, and impressive analysis of why a broader approach to the challenge may yield more effective long-term outcomes.”

“A provocative and concise examination of why we cannot bomb our way to ending terrorism. While the author is careful not to advocate for the absence of a hard security approach, she does a masterful job at highlighting many innovations that have proven effective in reducing and transforming political violence in various parts of the world and challenges the world to do much better and to have higher aspirations.”

—Craig Zelizer, PhD, founder and CEO, Peace and Collaborative Development Network; former Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University; and cofounder of Alliance for Conflict Transformation

“As we face a global crisis of increased intolerance and exclusion, Leena makes a compelling case for a radical nonviolent approach to defeating terrorism that transforms our current oppressive measures into opportunities for greater peacefulness. Full of unorthodox approaches like invoking the use of religion as an antidote for violent extremism; exploring untapped collaboration between civil society, business, and the military; and even using love to demobilize a terrorist group—this is an important contribution and fascinating read that defies disciplines!”

—Sir Hugh Orde, OBE, QPM, former Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland

—Kavita N. Ramdas, Director, Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations; Strategy Advisor, MADRE; and former Strategic Advisor to the President, Ford Foundation

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