Governance in Muslim-Majority States (GMMS)
Muslim-majority nations (perhaps much more so than any other part of the world) are plagued with a multitude of social, political, and economic problems that together have made governance a challenge. Despite the growth in interest in the politics and governance in the Muslim world, there is a dearth of nuanced, granular, rigorous and focused assessments on the topic. GMMS was established to fill this void and provide policymakers with a sophisticated understanding of the factors shaping authoritarianism and democratization in Arab and Muslim countries. Through its analytical output GMSS aims to strengthen Washington’s understanding of the domestic and foreign policy behavior of Muslim state actors.
GMSS hopes to accomplish this through five different programmatic areas. These include: Ungoverned Spaces, Civil-Military Relations, Religion & Politics, Political Economy, & Rule of Law. Each of these five programs will produce detailed policy reports and briefs for policymakers, create digital content in the form of podcasts and videos, and sponsor events such as talks, panels, conferences, task forces, and the like. GMMS will engage with government agencies and the diplomatic community by providing expertise at Congressional hearings, participating in panels, and offering relevant trainings for practitioners across the U.S. Government, especially the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community.
Conflict, Stability and Development (CSD)
The Conflict, Stabilization, and Development (CSD) unit aims to bring a deeper understanding of global conflict and development issues at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy in Muslim-majority countries. The unit advances nuanced analysis from researchers and practitioners on conflict management, conflict resolution, peace building, state-building, stabilization and reconstruction approaches; and the roles of local, regional and global actors, including the United Nations, development agencies, donors, and NGOs in development efforts.
By engaging the full spectrum of stakeholders – from the early stages of conflict to the peak of development – we have become a platform for critically reflecting on the diverse issues challenging policy makers. CSD thoughtfully contributes to these complex fields by coordinating strategic policy forums and critical debates for thought leaders, policy analysts, government officials, civil society organizations, strategists, media outlets, and other experts. CSD aims to ensure that these partnerships develop into cohesive areas of collaboration. An example is the upcoming CSD Countering Violent Extremism Forum with policymakers, practitioners, industry leaders, and analysts. CSD sponsors strategic debates and dialogues, uses cutting-edge frameworks for research, formulates and utilizes proven methodologies and best practices to support a serious analysis of complex policy-making processes related to the life cycles of conflict, stabilization, and development.
Emerging Civil Societies (ECS)
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.
Non-State Actors in Fragile Environments (NSAFE)
The Non-State Actors in Fragile Environments unit (NSAFE) aims to challenge the current approach to extremism and the surrounding environment. The concepts stems from the belief that much of the policy debate about extremism in the West, and the response to it, is dominated by outdated ideas. Policymakers are still fighting the last war and much of today’s scholarship is still stuck in the old paradigm. NSAFE aims to change that, by provoking and guiding a fundamental shift in the way policymakers and policy analysts think about the problem of non-state actors and the policies devised to address it.
In partnership with governments, domestic and foreign, policy influencers, and academics, NSAFE hopes to become a premier source of updating these concepts to provide policy makers and observers with new tools to deal with the increasingly central role of non-state actors. In addition to policy papers and op-eds, the NSAFE team will sponsor collaborative events with key stakeholders, policymakers, Congressional staff, and Government agencies.
Displacement and Migration (D&M)
With over 244 million international migrants globally and over 65.6 million people displaced mainly by conflicts, displacement and migration are among the most pressing topics on the international agenda for policy makers today. Issues surrounding global displacement and migration processes cross manifold intellectual boundaries. Understanding the issue demands insights and methods from a broad array of specialties.
CGP’s Displacement and Migration Program is therefore a multi-disciplinary program that aims to study the root causes/drivers of displacement and migration and offer expert advice and research, to states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders on innovative policy formulation to meet these evolving challenges. The program is therefore working on a number of projects to facilitate this by engaging with members of the U.S. Government, policymakers in international organizations including the OIC and UN, and individuals directly impacted by forced migration and genocide.