Engaging Muslim Communities
In response to the growing rift between America and the Muslim world at the beginning of the 21st century, CSPC began an initiative to strengthen U.S. engagement with Muslim communities worldwide. This initiative culminated in a two-day summit in June 2003 and a subsequent conference report Strengthening U.S.-Muslim Communications.
In the years following the conference, CSPC has worked with a range of innovative organizations and social entrepreneurs who use media technologies to foster mutual understanding and collaboration across borders and cultures. This effort revolved around the Center's initiative to establish a Foundation for International Understanding. Partners in this endeavor included:
CSPC also joined the Strengthening America’s Global Engagement initiative, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to create an independent organization tasked with strengthening American global engagement. In March 2012, the Wilson Center released a business plan for this new organization, which will be housed at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.