Engaging the Muslim World

USIP's Daniel Brumberg joined a panel of guest speakers, including Congressman Keith Ellison, for a lively discussion of USIP's new volume "Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World."

As the U.S. and its Western allies look beyond a decade of estrangement with a Muslim world increasingly fragmented by its own domestic and regional conflicts, the impetus for dialogue with both friends and foes has grown in concert with the benefit and risks associated with a sustained strategy of engagement. What are the obstacles to and opportunities for creating new avenues of U.S.-Muslim world engagement and cooperation? Are the barriers and openings rooted in a long enduring cultural or religious divide? Or are they of more recent ideological and political vintage and thus susceptible to a dynamic of political, legal, or institutional engineering, a dynamic that might eventually navigate beyond--or even transform--the supposed impediments of culture or religion?

USIP's Daniel Brumberg joined a panel of guest speakers for a lively discussion on these questions, which are the focus of USIP's new volume "Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World," edited by Daniel Brumberg and Dina Shehata.


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Keynote Address


  • Abiodun Williams, Moderator
    Vice President, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Daniel Brumberg
    Director, Muslim World Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace
    Co-Director, Democracy Studies, Georgetown University
  • Dina Shehata
    Senior Researcher, Al-Ahram Center, Cairo
  • Ömer Taşpınar
    Non-resident Scholar, Saban Center, Brookings Institution
  • Palwasha Hassan
    Jennings Randolph Afghanistan Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace