CSID’s 11th Annual Conference
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In a much-anticipated speech in June 2009, President Barack Obama, speaking from theEgyptian capital, sought a “new beginning” in U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Promising to move beyond terrorism and security to focus on issues of mutual interest, thePresident laid out an ambitious agenda for overhauling ties between his country and theworld‘s 1.57 billion Muslims. Since the speech there has been considerable debate over its meaning and significance: were Obama’s words to be accompanied by new programs and concrete initiatives, or were they merely intended to signal a new diplomatic posture towardsthe Muslim world? Muslim audiences tended to welcome the speech, but indicated that they would reserve judgment until it was translated into action. Months after the speech-with theU.S. administration bogged down by healthcare reform, economic recovery, and ongoing challenges in Afghanistan-the path towards improved relations with the Islamic worldremains unclear.
CSID’s most recent conference invited reflections on what might be possible for the U.S. andthe Islamic world under a new U.S. administration. Following naturally from this previous theme, its 11th annual conference will assess the state of U.S.-Muslim world relations a year after the Cairo speech. What, if anything, has changed in terms of how the United States approaches its major policy challenges in the Muslim world? Do we see signs that governments and other actors in the Muslim world regard the U.S. differently since the new administration came into office?
Paper proposals are invited from prospective participants on the following four broad topics related to the main conference theme. Prospective presenters are also welcome to submit papers that fall outside these topics, but must establish their relevance to the broader conference theme:
A. The Cairo Speech Agenda: Fulfilled or Deferred?
B. Democracy Development in the Muslim World: New Approaches or No Longer a Priority?
C. The Role of American Muslims in U.S.-Islamic World Relations
D. The U.S. and Conflict in the Muslim World
Paper proposals (no more than 400 words) are Due by December 10, 2009 and should be sent to:
Chair, Conference Program Committee
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 22, 2010 and final papers must be submitted by March 15, 2010.
Selected panelists and speakers must cover their own travel and accommodations to participate in the conference, and pay the conference registration fee by March 15, 2010. Speakers and panelists coming from overseas will receive a contribution of $300 from CSID to defray travel expenses.