U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World Project
The MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program is working in partnership with
Search for Common Ground-USA to develop a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary
dialogue and consensus building process on U.S. Engagement with the Muslim
The project aims to stimulate a new national conversation that goes well
beyond the current focus on short-term issues. Achieving this goal will
require a major education and dialogue effort, involving a wide range of
constituencies in creative ways at multiple levels, from the grassroots to
national policy and opinion leaders.
At the core of this national conversation and consensus-building process
will be a diverse, multigenerational group of respected and influential U.S.
leaders, with substantial representation from the Muslim-American community.
No other effort to date has attempted to pool the wisdom of respected
leaders in diverse fields - national security, foreign policy, social
sciences, religion, business, philosophy and others - to develop a shared
understanding, catalyze national dialogue and promote action.
Over an eighteen month period, members of the Leadership Group will engage
in dialogue with each other, and with leaders and publics in the U.S. and
the Muslim world. Together, they will
* deepen public understanding of challenges and opportunities in our
relationships with Muslim peoples, activists and governments;
* seek a Leadership Group consensus on key initiatives and strategic choices
for improving U.S. engagement with the Muslim world;
* promote discussion and debate among American leaders and publics on the
initiatives and choices recommended by the Leadership Group, leading to
decisions and actions that improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world,
while enhancing U.S. national security.
Initial funding for this project has been provided by Rockefeller Brothers
Fund and a Leadership Summit to officially launch the project has been
scheduled for January 2007. For more information, please contact PDP
Associate Director David Fairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.