Conversations With America: A Discussion on U.S. Engagement With Muslim Communities Worldwide

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 9, 2010

Update: Questions Submitted on DipNote

On Friday, July 9, 2010, Steven Clemons, Director of the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program held a conversation with Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, on the United States' engagement with Muslim communities around the world. Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs, moderated the discussion.

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Mubaraq A.
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Czech Republic
July 9, 2010

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Christopher A.
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Connecticut, USA
July 9, 2010

Christopher A. in Connecticut writes:

Recently some advocates of human rights in the Middle East have begun to suggest that the loss of the Bush administration’s focus on democratization has been taken by autocratic rulers as an invitation to turn back the clock on political rights. This seems to be the case in Kuwait, which has recently imprisoned the democracy activist Khaled AlFadala and the journalist Muhammed Al-Jasem for criticizing the government. The Obama administration has voiced concern about the Al-Jasem prosecution but has thus far been silent about AlFadala.

How is the Obama administration planning to make clear its commitment to promoting human rights in the Middle East?

TEJINDER S.
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 9, 2010

Tejinder S. in Washington DC writes:

Question: About her name. Did she questions about her surname while dealing with Moslem counterparts?

Al-Gassim A.
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Yemen
July 9, 2010

Al-Gassim S.A. in Yemen writes:

Thank you, will definatly look for the transcript. Well, the was a beautiful show. Was really short, however, but brought up critical points for us all to move on together. For those who asked on what to things that could be done when they are just normal citizens. You can always host an exchange student, and build bridges of understanding. You will find more info on exchanges.state.gov. You could also check www.cci-exchange.com
I was a YES Exchange student in the year 2009-2010, and it was a life changing experience. Exchange programs are making a change, BIG TIME, and its all because of people who go for it! Thank you.

Mark
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Iowa, USA
July 9, 2010

Mark in Iowa writes:

I think that it is important to understand, as the speakers have pointed out, that statements and actions from the variety of sectors from among Muslim communities have indeed distanced Muslims from the actions of radical Muslims. But it is also important to look carefully at the content of those statements.

It would appear that the content of at least some of those statements contains equivocations or implicit denials that would limit the purported repudiations. The presence of such means to deal with terrorism, frankly, is rather transparent -- in those instances -- and tends not to increase confidence in the statements issued and by extension, decrease confidence in the individuals or organizations expressing those sentiments.

Thank you.

Ogoubi w.
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Togo
July 9, 2010

Ogoubi K.W. in Togo writes:

TO FARAH

I would knowing what the muslim communities do in common to give peace to the people facing Islamists.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 9, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

I really hope that employees at the State Department are answering the questions that our Muslim participants are posing. They are reaching out and not responding to their queries can make them stay away from the Dipnote blog.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 9, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

If America made a huge investment in your education and other Muslims, what affect do you think it would have on reducing extremism
and why?

OysterCracker
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United States
July 10, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

If America could grant the Muslim world three big wishes, what would they be?

Tim B.
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Georgia
December 14, 2010

Tim B. in Georgia (U.S.A.) writes:

As a military chaplain and a member of United States-Iraq earlier this year I thank the DoS for the engagement with the Muslim community. They joined us on numerous engagements with the national leadership. Prior to my deployment I engaged the local Islamic community in Washington State and found the intra-connectivity very useful in bringing understanding to the the US military audience. As one author states, “We should be building bridges and not digging ditches.” The religious community route is key to the building bridges. Thanks again.

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