Relations between the United States and the Muslim world have deteriorated markedly in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The reasons for this deterioration are deep-seated and complex, but both the United States and Muslim-majority states and communities have a profound interest in getting this important relationship right.
For the last five years, Brookings’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy has hosted an annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum designed to build bridges of understanding. On December 12, the Center’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World hosted a discussion of The Doha Compact – New Directions: America and the Muslim World, a new report that encapsulates the ideas developed at the forum. Signed by 46 leaders from the United States and the Muslim World, the Doha Compact argues that the election of a new U.S. president presents a moment of great opportunity for the United States and Muslim leaders to recast their relations toward a partnership based on common interests and mutual respect.
Panelists included Stephen Grand, fellow and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World; Saad Eddin Ibrahim, chairman of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Egypt; and Ahmed Younis, an analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and author of American Muslims: Voir Dire [Speak the Truth] (Dawn Books LLC, 2002). Grand provided introductory remarks and Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post, moderated the discussion.