The 2006 U.S.-Islamic World Forum was held February 18-20 in Doha, Qatar. A global leaders conference, the forum brought together over 180 American and Muslim world leaders from the realms of politics, business, media, academia, arts, science, and civil society. Thirty-eight countries were represented, with 23 sessions over the course of the forum, covering issues ranging from Iraq and the Danish cartoon controversy to development concerns and the role of artist as a public figure. The theme of the 2006 U.S.-Islamic World Forum was "Leaders Effect Change," with a focus on understanding the changes sweeping relations, while at the same time developing strategies for shaping change towards positive ends. In a time of great tension, it provided an important demonstration that a middle ground of respectful dialogue, shared interests, mutual concerns, and joint solutions does exist.