The Hollings Center for International Dialogue is dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations.
The Hollings Center believes dialogue begets understanding, builds communities to address problems and misconceptions, and creates strong lasting relationships between counterparts in Muslim-majority countries and the United States. In pursuit of its mission, the Hollings Center convenes dialogue conferences and other programs that explore novel perspectives on important international issues and expand channels of communication across opinion leaders and experts.
Over the course of its history, the Center has developed a core set of values that have enhanced its programmatic outcomes and led to new thinking on many important topics. The Center’s values are consistently evolving and have helped to construct its uniquely effective methodology.
Through its core mission and values, the Hollings Center has established a unique methodology that has proven to be highly effective. The Center’s programs are participant-driven, as it creates an environment more conducive to dialogue. The Center aims to be forward thinking in the selection of its program topics, choosing not only topics of current importance, but also topics of long-reaching impact. The Center also typically selects underserved topics and themes, with the hope of drawing attention to topics that require, but are not receiving attention. Through this, the Center hopes to create new channels of communication and new ideas to address those underserved issues.
Hollings Center Dialogues take a unique approach by convening a diverse mix of academics, journalists, civil society leaders, businesspeople and government officials from the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations in an informal setting to discuss underserved but critical subjects. Hollings Center programs focus on the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia, striving to avoid stereotypical U.S.-centric points of view. The experience created is wholly participant-driven and non-partisan in nature. The Center issues public Dialogue Snapshot reports highlighting the major conclusions and policy recommendations from conferences. The Small Grants program enables select participants to pursue collaborative projects that build on critical issues raised at the dialogue events thus amplifying conference outcomes and deepening participant networks. Public Events and Workshops expand upon dialogue topics, reinforce and expand networks, and promote conference outcomes to a broader audience of researches, professionals and journalists.