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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Heard Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak on the challenges of living a life separate from the one dictated to her as a young woman. She is a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, author, and former Dutch politician. In 2003, she was elected a member of the Dutch House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis related to the validity of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from parliament, and indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet in 2006. She then took a position at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. The Dutch government continued to provide security for her, this required an increase in their effort and costs. She is now a Fellow at the Hoover Institute.


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