Cynthia P. Schneider, distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, an innovative, culture-focused platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
The moment to seize the piece in Mali is now, according to co-founder of Timbuktu Renaissance Cynthia Schneider. Restoring culture will give Mali's citizens the resilience essential to recover from conflict and counter continued threats of violent extremism.