Mission and Method


The Hollings Center for International Dialogue is dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations.

The Hollings Center believes dialogue begets understanding and builds communities to address problems and misconceptions. Dialogue creates strong lasting relationships between counterparts. In pursuit of its mission, the Center convenes dialogue conferences and other programs that explore novel perspectives on important international issues.  In turn, these efforts expand channels of communication across opinion leaders and experts.


Through its core mission and values, the Hollings Center has established a highly effective and unique methodology. 

The Center’s programs are participant-driven, creating an environment more conducive to dialogue.  The Center aims to be forward thinking in the selection of its program topics, seeking importance and long-reaching impact.  The Center typically chooses underserved topics and themes that require greater attention. Through this, the Center hopes to create new channels of communication and new ideas to address those critical issues.


Hollings Center Dialogues take a unique approach by convening a diverse mix of academics, journalists, civil society leaders, business people and government officials.

Participants come from the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations.  Hosted in an informal setting, programs seek to discuss underserved and critical subjects. Hollings Center programs focus on the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia, striving to avoid stereotypical U.S.-centric points of view. The experience created is wholly participant-driven and non-partisan in nature. 


Accordingly, the Center delivers multiple types of follow-on programming to sustain dialogue outcomes.

The Center issues public Dialogue Snapshot reports highlighting the major conclusions and policy recommendations.  The Small Grants program enables participants to pursue collaborative projects that further and amplify dialogue outcomes and networks. Public Events and Workshops expand upon dialogue topics, reinforce networks, and promote conference outcomes to a broader audience of researchers, professionals and journalists.

Our Values

The Hollings Center Aims To Be


The Center strives to achieve a balance of viewpoints in its programs in order to achieve better understanding of important topics.


The Center creates an environment where participants can speak freely and openly on a variety of issues, allowing participants to share new thoughts and ideas.


The Center hosts diverse groups of participants, representing different religious, age, geographic, and disciplinary backgrounds. The Center strives to give those often underrepresented a voice.


The Center seeks cooperation with other organizationsand individuals to create proactive networks that will create better understanding between Muslim-majority nations and the West.


The Center aims to be a channel of communication for the ideas and solutions its program participants devise, while giving proper credit to those who have offered these ideas. The Center acts an interlocutor and a representative of those participants.


The Center embraces change. It regularly takes introspective looks at its programs to establish lessons learned to make its efforts more effective and create new programs for experimentation.

A non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering dialogue between the United States and countries with predominantly Muslim populations in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Eurasia and Europe

E-mail: info@hollingscenter.org

US Phone: +1 202-833-5090

Istanbul Phone: +90 530 151 5603

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