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Agenda of the

U.S. - Islamic World Forum 

 Washington DC, USA

11 - 14 April 2011

Monday, April 11

12:00 - 21:00
Registration  
Evening Participants Arrival and Check-in

Location : Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

 

Tuesday, April 12

7:00
Conference Registration  
9:00 - 10:30
Working Group Introductory Sessions (Closed Sessions)

- Leadership and Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector: Islamically Literate, Civically Engaged and Globally Aware
Convened by Nadia Roumani, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute          

- Promoting Higher Education Reform in the Arab World
Convened by Katherine Wilkens, AMIDEAST

- Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
Convened by Ahmed Younis, Gallup and Mohamed Younis, Gallup

- America and the Muslim World: The Tale of Two Media
Convened by Marc Ginsberg, Layalina Productions, Inc.

- Muslim Minorities in the West: Their Issues and Roles in the Global Community
Convened by Imam Mohammed Magid, Executive Director, ADAMS Center, and President, Islamic Society of North America

10:30 - 11:00
Welcoming Remarks*

Mohammed Abdullah Mutib Al Rumaihi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow-Up Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General, Organisation of the Islamic Conference

Martin Indyk, Vice President of Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution

11:00 - 12:45
Plenary I – Geo-Strategic Issues in the Middle East and South Asia*

Moderator:
Fareed Zakaria, Editor-at-Large, TIME Magazine and host, CNN’s GPS

Panelists:
His Excellency Ahmad Bin Abdullah Bin Z. Al-Mahmoud, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Council of Ministers
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former U.S. National Security Advisor
Nasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

John Kerry, Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
13:00
Lunch  
14:15 - 15:30
Roundtable Sessions

-A Candid Assessment: The Status of the Middle East Peace Process
Khaled Elgindy, Visiting Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution (moderator)
          

TBD
-The Obama Administration’s Engagement with the Muslim World


Daniel Byman, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution (moderator)


Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference          
Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
Quintan Wiktorowicz, Senior Director for Global Engagement, White House

-Looking at One Another: How U.S. and Muslim Perspectives Have Evolved Over the Last Decade
Shibley Telhami, Non-Resident Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution (moderator)
Hafez Al-Mirazi, Director, Adham Center for Journalism
Joe Klein, Columnist, Time Magazine          
Andrew Kohut, President, Pew Research Center
Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst, Executive Director, Abu Dhabi Gallup Center

-The Role of Religious Leaders in Development: Case Studies from Asia (organized in conjunction with The Asia Foundation)
Robin Bush, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation (moderator)
Salahuddin Aminuzzaman, Professor of Public Administration, University of Dhaka
Yasmin Busran-Lao, Executive Director, Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation
Zaid Kamaruddin, President, Congregation for Islamic Reform

-The Role of Youth in 21st Centruy Middle East Politics*
Shadi Hamid, Director of Research and Fellow, Brookings Doha Center (moderator)

TBD
16:00 - 17:30
Working Group Sessions (Closed Sessions)  
17:30 - 18:00
Departure to Mellon Auditorium  
19:00 - 22:00
Gala Dinner (by invitation only)

Statements by :

His Excellency Ahmad Bin Abdullah Bin Z. Al-Mahmoud, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Council of Ministers

Her Excellency Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, USA

Location : Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

**For security reasons, participants should arrive one hour early.

22:00
Return to the Mandarin Oriental

 

 

Wednesday, April 13

7:30
Registration  
8:30 - 11:00
Working Group Sessions (Closed Session)  
11:00 - 12:45
Plenary II: Bottom Up Change: Civil Society, Youth, and Social Entrepreneurship in Muslim-Majority Countries*

Moderator:
Charlie Rose, Host, PBS’s The Charlie Rose Show

Panelists:
Madeleine Albright, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group, and Former U.S. Secretary of State
Hossam Bahgat, Founder and Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Visiting Professor, Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict, Drew University

13:00
Lunch  
14:15 - 15:30
Roundtable Sessions

-A Glimpse from the Ground: A Dialogue on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution (moderator)
           Sherry Rehman, President, Jinnah Institute
Hassina Sherjan, Founder and CEO, Aid Afghanistan for Education

-The Importance of the Private Sector in U.S.-Muslim World Engagement (organized in conjunction with The Aspen Institute)
Toni Verstandig, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute (moderator)
TBD
          

-What’s Next in America’s Approach to Iran?
Kenneth Pollack, Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution (moderator)
Howard Berman, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Robert Einhorn, Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, U.S. Department of State
Dennis Ross, Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Council

-Democratization and Political Reform
Salman Shaikh, Director, Brookings Doha Center (moderator)
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State      
Anwar Ibrahim, Leader of Parliamentary Opposition,       
Parliament of Malaysia
Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Visiting Professor, Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict, Drew University
Jennifer Windsor, Associate Dean for Programs, Georgetown University

-The Challenges and Opportunities of the American Muslim Community
Stephen Grand, Director, Project on U.S.-Relations with the Islamic World, The Brookings Institution (moderator)
Keith Ellison, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Martin O’Malley, Governor, State of Maryland

Paul Monteiro, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
16:00 - 17:30
Working Group Sessions (Closed Sessions)  
19:00 - 22:00
Dinner and Panel Session: Democracy in the Muslim World

Location : Mandarin Oriental

Dinner and Panel Session: Democracy in the Muslim World
Mandarin Oriental

Moderator:
Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent, PBS’s The NewsHour

Speakers:
Abdullah Abdullah, Founder, Coalition of Change and Hope, leading opposition party in Afghanistan
(TBD)

 

Thursday, April 14

8:00 - 10:00
Tour of the White House Optional
10:00 - 11:00
Working Group Sessions Working Group Sessions (Closed Sessions)
11:00 - 12:45
Plenary III: The Role of the Media in Shaping Perceptions*

Moderator:
David Gregory, Host, NBC’s Meet the Press

Panelists:
David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times
Hisham Kassem, Former publisher, Al-Masry Al-Youm; steering committee member, World Movement for Democracy
Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Arabiya News Channel
Michael Young, Opinion page editor, Daily Star

13:00
Lunch  
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