U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project

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U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project

"Search for Common Ground and the Consensus Building Institute, two non-profit organizations with expertise in building consensus on complex public issues, conceived, convened and staffed the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project...

"he Leadership Group has deliberated for nearly two years to produce its report "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World." The group as a whole met face to face four times, in January 2007, July 2007, January 2008, and June 2008. The initial Summit, hosted by Rockefeller Brothers Fund at their Pocantico Conference Center, established a clear sense of shared mission and central themes to be included in the report. It also served to build relationships and trust among the highly diverse Leadership Group." [1]

Leadership Group Members

Accessed January 2009: [2]

  • Madeleine Albright, Principal, The Albright Group LLC; former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Richard Armitage, President, Armitage International; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
  • Ziad Asali, President and Founder, American Task Force on Palestine
  • Steve Bartlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Services Roundtable; former U.S. Representative; former Mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Paul Brest, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Red Cavaney, President and Chief Executive Officer, America Petroleum Institute
  • Daniel Christman, Lt. General (ret.), U.S. Army; Senior Vice President for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Covey, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey; writer, speaker, and academic
  • Thomas Dine, Principal, The Dine Group; former Executive Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
  • Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Shamil Idriss, Chairman of the Board, Soliya
  • Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement
  • Derek Kirkland, Advisory Director, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley
  • Richard Land, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention; Member, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Robert Jay Lifton, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Superpower Syndrome
  • Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore; former Associate Secretary General, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
  • John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
  • Susan Collin Marks, Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground; author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa’s Transition to Democracy
  • Ingrid Mattson, President, The Islamic Society of North America; Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, and Director, Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
  • Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri, Strategic Philanthropy Consultant
  • Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; co-author with John Esposito of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think
  • Vali Nasr, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam, Masjid al-Farah in New York City; Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative; author of What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America
  • Rob Rehg, President, Washington, DC office, Edelman
  • Dennis Ross, Consultant, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former U.S. Special Middle East Envoy and Negotiator
  • S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Professor of Journalism, American University in Cairo; former Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya news channel; former NBC News Cairo bureau chief
  • Jessica Stern, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Mustapha Tlili, Director, Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, New York University
  • William Ury, Co-Founder, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; co-author of Getting to Yes
  • Vin Weber, Managing Partner, Clark and Weinstock; Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy; former U.S. Representative
  • Daniel Yankelovich, Founder and Chairman, Public Agenda; author
  • Ahmed Younis, Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; former National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Committee
  • Dov S. Zakheim, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)


Web: http://www.usmuslimengagement.org

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  1. History, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, accessed January 2, 2009.
  2. Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, accessed January 2, 2009.