The Hollings Center for International Dialogue is 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. The Center believes dialogue begets understanding, builds communities to address problems and misconceptions, and creates strong lasting relationships between counterparts in Muslim-majority countries and the United States.  Established by the United States Congress in 2004, the Hollings Center is the only non-governmental organization created by Congress dedicated specifically to dialogue.


Programs and Initiatives

To support this mission and belief, the Center creates programs to amplify the impact of those interactions using topics of mutual interest and concern.  These programs and initiatives deepen channels of communication across opinion leaders and experts in the following areas:

  • Bilateral Dialogues cover consequential topics that link Muslim-majority nations and the United States. Dialogues center on looking for beneficial areas of partnership between the US and specific countries and regions.
  • Regional Policy Dialogues engage a broad spectrum of practitioners, academics, economists, civil society leaders and think-tank experts.
  • Higher Education Dialogues foster exchanges of ideas, expertise, and best practices across university communities in the United States and the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Eurasia and Europe.
  • The Collective and Human Security Initiative evaluates critical security issues, ranging from the challenges of extremism to regional conflict. The initiative aims to find proactive and positive solutions to these challenges.
  • The Resource Resiliency Initiative aims to foster cooperative solutions to questions of sustainable development. Dialogues focus on issues of water, energy, food, and health.
  • The Responsible Business Initiative explores economic factors and business initiatives that can be used to create more productive and peaceful communities.

The Hollings Center is registered as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in Washington, D.C., and as a foreign non-profit organization in Istanbul, Turkey. For more details, please visit www.hollingscenter.org