The Brookings Institution’s Project on US Relations with the Islamic World in conjunction with the Government of Qatar will host the 2014 US-Islamic World Forum from 9 to 11 June 2014 in Doha, Qatar at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Hotel.

Keynote speakers at this year’s event include President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, President Bujar Nishani of Albania, and US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson.

 Fellow and director of the Project on US Relations with the Muslim World, William McCants, said:

Now in its eleventh year, the Forum had developed from a venue singularly focused on dialogue to a laboratory for creative problem solving and action…we are excited about this shift and look forward to this new chapter in the Forum’s mission.’

Other speakers and panelists at this year’s forum include: Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar; Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, US National Security Council; Prem Kumar, Senior Director of the Middle East and North Africa, US National Security Council; Alia Mansour, Member, Syrian National Coalition; Rashad Hussain, US Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, Vice President, Tunisian Constituent Assembly.

The 2014 Forum will include sessions focusing on: the future of the US in the Middle East; defining the future of the Palestinian people; and accommodating religious diversity in Muslim-majority states. Forum working groups will examine a variety of critical issues, including: empowering Pakistan’s civil society to counter violent extremism; justice in post-conflict settings; the state of Muslim communities in Europe and North America; and preserving the cultural heritage of Timbuktu.

A groundbreaking annual event, the Forum brings together US and Muslim world government officials, religious leaders, business executives, artists, academics, journalists, and thought leaders for three days of intensive discussions on the critical issues confronting their communities today. The theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Islam and Inclusion,’ looking at issues of the incorporation of Muslim faith and values – and that of all religions – in the Muslim world’s emerging democracies and societies. The Forum’s keynote speeches and closed-door discussions will address the tensions that exist within Muslim communities, across Muslim communities, and between Muslim-majority states and the West.

For more information about this year’s forum can be found at www.brookings.edu/usislam14.