What We Do

In service of its mission, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue creates programs to foster understanding between the United States and in Muslim-majority countries. These are forged on a core set of values, designed to enhance impact beyond the initial program.

Dialogue Conferences

Dialogue conferences serve as the anchor to all of the Center’s other initiatives and programs.  These dialogues use a methodology that has influenced the Center’s values of crafting a balance of ideas, diverse viewpoints, and a participant-driven experience.  Dialogue programs address underserved topics of critical importance to both the United States and Muslim-majority nations.  They convene a diverse mixture of policy makers, academics, businesspersons, civil society representatives, journalists, and government officials.    The goal of this participant profile is to enable participants to make fresh insights on major issues, establish new connections with colleagues, and build long term partnerships. 

Currently, the Center’s dialogue conferences are categorized into several ongoing initiatives:

Public Programs and Resources

Fostering a continued dialogue process requires regular engagement with conference participants and the public at large.  To expand networks for dialogue, the Hollings Center hosts a variety of events throughout the world with global partners and past dialogue participants. The Center also provides multimedia resources to bring dialogue conclusions and solutions to the greater public.  These resources and opportunities reinforce and grow networks to promote new thinking on challenging subjects.


The Center offers public events and resources to foster dialogue, including:

– Young Professionals in IR Network
– Workshops & Roundtables
– Cultural Events
– Snapshot Reports
– Podcasts
– Videos
– Instructional Resources

Small Grants

The Small Grants Program enables selected past participants to pursue cross-cultural collaborative projects . The grants support follow-on initiatives such as international visits, pilot studies, professional development opportunities, workshops and research-driven written or video projects. The program promotes cross-cultural collaboration that amplifies conference outcomes and deepens participant networks. The program aims to be a force multiplier of dialogue conference outcomes and a method to keep previous dialogue participants engaged with each other.


– Conferences & Workshops
– Educational Exchanges
– Research Studies
– Multimedia Content
– Podcasts
– Art Exhibitions
– Pilot Programs

Our Hollings small grant has created possibilities that exceeded what the presidents of our two universities, Concordia College, Minnesota, and Independent University, Bangladesh, envisioned when they decided to explore a partnership building on the Center’s conference on independent universities in the Muslim world. Both institutions are exceedingly grateful for support that furthers perhaps the most important thing we can accomplish beyond the daily task of educating students—seeking institutional partnerships abroad that advance and enrich global liberal learning.”

Small Grant Recipient Dialogue on Independent Universities in the Muslim World, 2007

The Hollings Center small grant program has been the catalyst for a very fruitful Afghan-American research collaboration. Following on the Center’s dialogue on governance in Afghanistan, we assessed local governance in that country through a joint study, workshops, and a law school seminar—all with an invaluable combination of Afghan and U.S. perspectives.”

Small Grant Recipient Dialogue on Governance in Afghanistan, 2009

Building on the U.S.-Egypt next-generation dialogue, the small grants program allowed our Egyptian-American research team to conduct a comprehensive study of stakeholders in the U.S. aid program to Egypt. Not only are we producing a study relevant to political science and policy alike, but our team also developed an academic partnership and cultivated professional contacts that will outlive the duration of the grant.”

Small Grant Recipient Dialogue on the Future of Egypt-U.S. Relations, 2009

With support from the Hollings small grants program and building on the Center’s colloquium on quality in higher education, Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convened a workshop that fostered dialogue among members of the higher education community in Muslim-majority countries. This spirit of collaboration and sharing that the Effat workshop spawned continues to pay itself forward, enriching the participants’ personal, professional and intellectual lives.”

Small Grant Recipient Dialogue on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, 2009

A non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Eurasia and Europe

E-mail: info@hollingscenter.org

US Phone: +1 202-833-5090

Istanbul Phone: +90 530 151 5603

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