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Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series on International Conflict at Harvard Features the Project (02/03)

Participants Call for Advancing U.S.-Muslim Dialogue

On February 3, 2009, Hannah Allam, Cairo bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, and project staff David Fairman and Paula Gutlove discussed the recommendations of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement at Harvard University. A most receptive audience welcomed the initiative, expressed hope that the new Administration would constructively engage with the Muslim world, and called for the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project to continue its important and timely work to improve U.S.-Muslim relations.

Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber Speak at the Council on Foreign Relations (01/30)

Discussion on Foreign Policy Challenge and Opportunity of Improving U.S.-Muslim Relations

On January 30, 2009, Leadership Group members Madeleine K. Albright and Vin Weber presented the group's recommendations on improving U.S. relations with the Muslim world at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. The event was part of the "Washington Meetings Program", which provides a nonpartisan forum for informed foreign policy debate by bringing CFR members together with policy makers, world leaders, academic experts, and prominent thinkers. Barbara Slavin, Assistant Managing Editor at The Washington Times, presided. Click here for a full-length video and complete transcript of the event. Also check out Amy Harder's report for the National Journal.

Obama Calls for New Direction in U.S.-Muslim Relations in Inaugural Address (01/20)

Inauguration Speech Presents New Vision for Improving Relations

In a historic inauguration ceremony, President Barack Obama presented the nation and the world with a new vision of U.S.-Muslim relations, stating: "To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect."  On the same day, Leadership Group members Ziad Asali and Tom Dine wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer that the new administration could begin to improve relations with the Muslim world by making a significant and sustained political investment in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Click here to read their full commentary.

Leadership Group Members Speak at Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (12/9)

Panel Highlights Positive Role of Religious Leaders in International Affairs

On December 9, 2008, the Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum in Washington, DC hosted Leadership Group members Marc Gopin, Richard Land and Ahmed Younis for a discussion titled "Toward a Bi-Partisan Foreign Policy: What Can Religious Leaders Contribute?" Moderated by Joseph Montville, Diplomat-in-Residence at American University's Center for Global Peace, the conversation highlighted the positive role that religious leaders can play in international relations. The recommendations contained in "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World," the Report of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, were prominent throughout the discussion. A full transcript is available here.
U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project Presents at the Middle East Institute (11/10)

Leadership Group Members Discuss Initiatives for Improving U.S.-Muslim Relations

On November 10, 2008, the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC hosted Leadership Group members Abdallah Schleifer and Thomas Dine, and U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project Co-Director Robert Fersh for a discussion titled “Changing Course and A Common Word: Two Important Initiatives for Bridging with the Muslim World”. The lively discussion on "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World," the Report of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, and the Muslim-Christian dialogue efforts of the A Common Word initiative, was moderated by Wendy Chamberlin, President of the MEI. An audio recording of the event is available here.

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