Qamar-ul Huda is an adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University and at New York University, Washington, DC. After serving as a senior policy advisor to former Secretary John Kerry’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, he co-founded the Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan research think tank. Dr Huda is the editor of Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam and Striving for Divine Union: The Spritual Exercises of Suhrwardi Sufis. His forthcoming book, A Quest of Applied Peace-building, is about seeding the field of peace education, peacebuilding and conflict analysis in Muslim majority countries. His areas of research are on comparative ethics, religious identities, nonviolence, and strategies for effective education. Dr Huda serves as an expert for the UN Alliance of Civilizations and UN Development Programme (UNDP).