The State of Qatar annually hosts the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, organized by the Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences and attended by a distinguished panel of the world's finest scholars, experts and great minds of the political, decision-making, academic, opinion leading, religious, business and media domains, coming together from the United States and four corners of the Islamic world (from Senegal to Indonesia). It provides a valuable opportunity to strengthen the formal dialogue between the West and the Muslim world (on the governmental, civil, social and economic levels), guided by the vision and support of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar.
-The main objective of the Forum is to support the annual dialogue, to multiply the opportunities for cooperation between the Islamic world and the United States in particular, highlight the bright face of Islam and Muslims and redress their image in the West, as well as establish a positive relationship within the Islamic world and between governments and peoples.
- Nine forums have been held so far, including one in Washington in 2011 which was met with great success.
- This year's edition of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum will take place from 9-11 June, 2013. It will host three plenary sessions, together with a range of specialized working groups. It usually closes with reports promoting cooperation between the Islamic World and the United States, and the need to work for positive relationships between them.
The Forum will be held in cooperation with the Saban Center of the Brookings Institution (Washington).
- Themes of the Forum:
The Forum will strive to deliver practical work papers and facilitate elevated debates, as well as provide viable solutions to leaders, experts, decision and policy makers and opinion leaders with regard the following topics:
● Transitions in Afghanistan and Pakistan
● Democracy and Development: How do they fit together?
● Ripple Effects: Syrian Crisis and its Regional Impact
It also addresses "work groups":
- The Intersection of free speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change
- Preventing Economic Collapse and Promoting Inclusive Growth in Egypt and Tunisia
- Fostering Synergies for Advancing Women's Rights
- Diplomacy and Religion: Seeking Common Interests and Engagement in a Dynamic World
- "Politics Demonizes, Culture Humanizes": Arts, Conflict, and Security
- Arab Opinion, Identity, and the Reshaping of the Middle East
The U.S.-Islamic World Forum will be held over 3 days from 9-11 June 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, and will be co-organized by the Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar) and the Brookings Center.