The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies along with the Muslim World Initiative and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) co-sponsored The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s 11th annual conference on April 28, 2010. Dozens of world-renowned scholars served as panelists for a myriad of topics focusing on the theme, “US Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo,” filling the Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater and Oceanic Conference Room.
To report on the United States’ progress on the subject, Special Representative Farah Pandith of the US Department of State started off the conference with her passionate yet eloquent discussion centered on “a coplanar dialogue with Muslims globally.” During lunch, keynote speakers Tariq Ramadan and Reza Aslan discussed ideas for the future of Muslims around the world, promoting peacemaking and denouncing fundamentalism. Daniel Brumberg of the United States Institute of Peace moderated dialogue with an afternoon panel of Islamists from Morocco, Bahrain, and Algeria. To bring the conference to a close, US Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Rashad Hussein spoke on “Building Bridges of Understanding Between America and the Muslim World.”