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 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.
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
– Instructional Resources
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.