The Muslim Politics program focuses on unpacking the social, political, and economic factors shaping Muslim-majority states. Our research examines the broad array of geopolitical forces – ethnic, religious, political, military, and commercial – in the Muslim societies, and their implications for U.S. foreign policy. Given the fragmentation underway in Arab and Muslim polities, we pay particular attention to transnational Islamist movements of various forms. We are careful not to conflate “Islamism” with Islam, recognizing that religious forces exist outside the Islamist spectrum; at the same time, we do not treat “secular” entities as non-religious.
Ultimately, the program offers our country’s foreign policy community a rich and sophisticated narrative of ground realities in Muslim nation-states – focusing in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. In this way, CGP hopes to substantially elevate the quality of discourse in Washington on the governance and geopolitics of these regions. Through our cutting-edge work we aim to equip the various institutions of our government with the tools they need to make informed policy decisions that take into account the complex nuances of Muslim politics.
CGP’s program on Western Muslims aims to meet the increasing demand for accurate information about Muslims living in the United States and Europe. As part of our effort, the program will provide objective, relevant, timely research and policy analysis on the most pressing issues impacting this community. The program strives to broaden the thinking that goes into policy decisions affecting Muslims in Western societies and to expand the body of research available to all levels of government.
Specifically, CGP’s program on Western Muslims will educate and inform policymakers about Western Muslims by contributing original and objective empirical data by disseminating research and analysis efficiently through collaborative efforts with other organizations and institutions. CGP aims to provide policy recommendations to more fully engage and integrate Muslims into Western societies. The Western Muslims program seeks to encourage the expression, civic engagement and participation of Muslims in American civil society and bring the voice of Muslims living in Western societies to bear on U.S. foreign policy.
Security and Violent Extremism
The Security and Violent Extremism Program tackles current ambitious security issues and research agendas in the field of international security. It covers innovative analysis of defense strategies and policies, political-military issues, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, security cooperation and alliances, global nuclear policies, insurgencies, and homeland security. SVE’s independent nonpartisanship will foster strategic debates and dialogues, create cutting-edge frameworks for cooperation, formulate and utilize proven methodologies and best practices to support a deeper understanding of complex policies related to security and violent extremism.
The SVE Program’s approach is to re-center the field of security studies with the broader field of global affairs in the areas of preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE), insurgencies, nuclear policies, and conflict. With the growing stove piping of specialties within security studies, SVE aims to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations on security, global security, and transnational stability as it relates to U.S. security and foreign policy to inform policy makers and Congress.