Muslim-majority nations (perhaps much more so than any other part of the world) are plagued with a multitude of social, political, and economic problems that together have made governance a challenge. Despite the growth in interest in the politics and governance in the Muslim world, there is a dearth of nuanced, granular, rigorous and focused assessments on the topic. States and Governance was established to fill this void and provide policymakers with a sophisticated understanding of the factors shaping authoritarianism and democratization in Arab and Muslim countries. Through its analytical output States and Governance aims to strengthen Washington’s understanding of the domestic and foreign policy behavior of Muslim state actors.
States and Governance hopes to accomplish this through five different programmatic areas. These include: Ungoverned Spaces, Civil-Military Relations, Religion & Politics, Political Economy, & Rule of Law. Each of these five programs will produce detailed policy reports and briefs for policymakers, create digital content in the form of podcasts and videos, and sponsor events such as talks, panels, conferences, task forces, and the like. States and Governance will engage with government agencies and the diplomatic community by providing expertise at Congressional hearings, participating in panels, and offering relevant trainings for practitioners across the U.S. Government, especially the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community.