The 2008 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, brought together key leaders in the fields of politics, business, media, academia, and civil society from across the Muslim world and the United States. The forum is a positive cross-cultural engagement among leaders from the United States and the Muslim world.
The theme for the 2008 forum was, "New Directions: The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead in the U.S.-Muslim World Relationship." Speakers and participants came from over 30 countries around the world, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, U.S. Admiral William J. Fallon, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat, U.N. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzhad, Egyptian televangelist Amr Khaled, Muhammadiyah chairman M. Din Syamusuddin, TIME columnist Joe Klein, former Palestinian Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr, Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana), former U.S. National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Rodman, Professor Francis Fukuyama, and many more.