Richard Melson

February 2006

US-Islamic Forum

Welcome and Ahlan wa Sahlan!

One of the greatest challenges in global politics today is the dangerous tension that has built up between the United States and the world's Muslim states and communities. This deepening divide is a critical impediment to cooperation on a breadth of vital issues, ranging from dealing with terrorism and radicalism to supporting human development and freedom.

The U.S.-Islamic World Forum is a global leaders’ conference hosted by the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy towards the Islamic World, housed within the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. This annual dialogue, made possible by the vision and support of Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Government of the State of Qatar, has become the premiere convening body for American and Muslim world leaders in the fields of politics, business, media, academia, science, arts, and civil society.

The 2006 Forum, scheduled for February 18-20 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar, is shaping up to be quite an impressive event. Policymakers and opinion-shapers from the U.S. and more than 30 Muslim states and communities from around the world will engage in three days of meetings. We invite you to tour the website and learn more about the effort. We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the Government of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Conferences Committee, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Ford Foundation, the Education for Employment Foundation, Haim Saban, and the Brookings Institution, for their support of the work of the Project and the Forum.

Kindest regards,

Project on U.S. Policy towards the Islamic World
Saban Center for Middle East Poilcy
The Brookings Institution

US-Islamic World Forum

February 20, 2006