Qamar-ul Huda is the Founding Director of the Conflict, Stabilization, and Development program at the Center for Global Policy, a think-tank in Washington, DC. He served as a senior policy advisor to former U.S. 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, non-violence in religion and religious education. He is an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University, an expert for the UN Alliance for Civilizations, worked at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and contributed to seeding the field of conflict resolution and peace studies in South Asia and Southeast Asia.