We use innovative research tools to bridge the gap between practitioners and policy-makers and curate broad public conversation about national security
Our research efforts blend together traditional approaches of a think tank with modern and future-leaning tools of a high-tech business intelligence firm. We do not just provide rhetoric and philosophical thought; in fact, we go light on the philosophy. We take real scenarios based on concrete data to address the root drivers of instability and to effectuate action.
The research efforts we employ consist of utilizing a resiliency index in combination with big data to identify vulnerable communities at risk for violent extremism. The index we have created monitors social, economic, political, and military indicators that also encompass demographic pressures, poverty, human rights, uneven economic development, state legitimacy, and the security apparatus. Our belief is that these factors cause nations to weaken all the way down to the community level, which subsequently increases their likelihood of conflict and security challenges. By also researching the history of various regions and what has not worked, has not countered, and has not built resilience against violent extremism in the past, we can create solutions with the greatest probability of success.
Our goal with research is simple: if we can identify those who are most at risk, we can share this expert knowledge and employ development and advocacy efforts to help win the hearts and minds of these communities before radical groups are formed. After obtaining our data and analyzing it, we go a step further than a traditional think tank by actively engaging and working with partners on the ground to effectuate long lasting change.
Our development goals consist of applying research, data analytics, and high-tech technological tools to provide insight into real situations and efforts on the ground.
Our integrated process first consists of utilizing predictive analytics, resiliency measurements and evaluation tools to obtain and analyze data about the drivers of violent extremism. This data helps us identify vulnerable communities around the world and the root causes of instability and fragility in these communities. Then, we are able to then relay this information to our partner organizations that are on the ground. This information is critical to help prevent violent extremism, intervene in vulnerable communities where extremism is occurring or has occurred, and rehabilitating those who are victims of extremist acts.
Our process does not end after relaying valuable intelligence to partner organizations. We then continue to monitor, evaluate and utilize our data to help refine and strengthen collaborative efforts in real time. These efforts require sustained contributions and the formation of durable, trust-based partnerships among diverse governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, which our advocacy efforts help promote.
Most importantly, we are constantly looking for new, improved, and more technologically advanced ways to spot vulnerable communities so that we can intervene before it is too late. We can never stop innovating because violent extremists will always find new ways to bring terror into the hearts and minds of their communities. Therefore, our development efforts must always be growing and finding new and integrated ways to affect positive change, collaboration, and intervention.
Our advocacy strategy is composed of creating awareness and promoting common-sense policies, laws, and regulations across the legislative and executive branches of the US government.
We create broad awareness of America’s unique role in the world. By first helping others recognize why a stable and strong America is vital for global security, we will be able to make the case for a proactive national security, defense policy, and foreign policy rather than the more traditional reactive approaches of the past.
Our unique research efforts provide the accurate and tested knowledge necessary to then engage local, state, federal, and international stakeholders to promote our mission and to advocate for policies that will not only make our country safer, but will help lift up vulnerable communities abroad.
While advocacy efforts include making our opinion known in regards to proposed policies, laws, and regulations, we also promote very specific policies.
Several policies we are currently focused on promoting are the following:
- Winning the hearts and minds of those around the world most at risk to becoming victims of violent extremism. We believe funding to counter violent extremism must specifically target the root drivers of instability;
- Advocating for wide-scale collaboration between diplomatic, political, and military arms of the US government in order to ensure partner governments uphold their commitments and continue to build trust by investing in marginalized and vulnerable communities;
- Assisting the US government and lawmakers in updating mandates and priories that are currently in existence in regards to multilateral institutions and platforms that help to counter violent extremism. Our aim is to ensure lessons are being learned, innovation is prioritized, and the true reality of violent extremist situations is being reported rather than political rhetoric and individual agendas.
We must continue to work together, sharing information and acting as leading voices to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense to build a stronger, better, and safer world for all.
How to make a difference
Akin Gump facilitate our relationships with all elements of the legislature and assist us with furthering our Advocacy goals, and over the last couple of years have allowed us to work on important issues. Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Akin Gump, have been honored for its “outstanding commitment to representing refugees and impactful pro bono work,” and recognized for its work in “marshaling incredible resources to secure the release from detention of many traumatized women and children, all of whom have fled persecution and violence in their home countries.”
we were the first!
The firm petitioned the FAA for our Section 333 Exemption, to which we were the first NGO to receive said exemption, which we are proud to announce that we garnered the full pro-bono support of Akin Gump, LLP. Akin Gump is consistently ranked as one of the top government relations practices in Washington, D.C.—both by publications and peers—the public law and policy practice draws on the considerable governmental and bipartisan political experience of their lawyers and advocacy professionals, including former Members of Congress, congressional staff and other lawyers with considerable experience in government service, many of whom also engage in outside political activities. The explosive growth of government regulation and oversight over the last decade demands that Linking the World thinks expansively and creatively when developing and implementing our strategies. The nature of our work requires that our analytical and planning processes must encompass a careful evaluation of how government—local, state, federal or international—can, should and will impact our desired objectives.
People of the Year 2014
In the third People Issue for the Observer Magazine, Linking the World CEO Mina Chang was named as one of the 'People of the Year.' Editor Joe Tone introduces the issue writing, "Their stories, as usual, are paired with intimate portraits, this year from acclaimed photographer Can Turkyilmaz. Featured in the issue are notable community leaders such as Police Chief David Brown, NHL athlete Jamie Benn, and Historian Bonnie Jacobs."
Natalie Solis and Mina Chang on Boko Haram
Mina Chang with Natalie Solis of Fox 4 News discussing the Boko Haram and her recent participation at the World Economic Forum
Mina Chang speaks at the Women’s Leadership Series
Linking the World CEO, Mina Chang, was invited as the keynote speaker for the Women's Leadership Series at the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theatre. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was also in attendance. The Women’s Leadership Steering Committee is chaired by Dr Anne Chao and Paula W Hinton. The next installment in the series will feature Cherie Blair, the former First Lady of the United Kingdom.