The Emerging Civil Society (ECS) unit at CGP seeks first, to understand the dimensions of the vast space between states and the masses by analyzing the challenges and opportunities that arise as civil society groups coalesce, and second, to offer specific recommendations for strengthening civil societies. The unit will address the lack of information and often misinformation that exists about civil society by providing research and analysis to convey a more accurate picture of civil societies across the Arab and Muslim world. The unit will also focus on the lived experiences of Muslim engagement with civil society by addressing the major issues facing civil society in ways that are informed by historical, cultural, and political realities.
ECS aims to be a leading source of analyses and forecasts on critical issues affecting civil society within Muslim majority countries as well as where Muslims live as minority communities. It will produce high-quality content, in-depth assessments, and provide policy recommendations for U.S. policymakers, scholars, and practitioners. The unit will also convene regular roundtable and discussion groups by bringing together key global stakeholders involved with the issue of civil societies. The goal will be to bring together specialists from across different disciplines including policymakers, government officials, community leaders, academics, journalists, and other key thought leaders to address the challenges facing Muslim civil society as well as finding innovative solutions for some of the most intractable problems.