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. GMMS 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 GMSS aims to strengthen Washington’s understanding of the domestic and foreign policy behavior of Muslim state actors.
GMSS 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. GMMS 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.
The Non-State Actors and Geopolitics unit is led by Director Hassan Hassan and Deputy Director Faysal Itani. It aims to disrupt the mainstream approach to analyzing militant groups and informing US policy. The post-9/11 paradigm has excessively focused on ideological minutiae, personalities, and networks in isolation from militant groups’ geopolitical context. We believe this approach is outdated. Non-state actors have become key players in the this setting, sensitive to local opportunities and constraints and adapting accordingly. The Non-State Actors and Geopolitics unit applies geopolitical analysis – the focus on geography, economics, society, and history – across themes including extremist groups, conflict zones, and authoritarian environments.
With over 244 million international migrants globally and over 65.6 million people displaced mainly by conflicts, displacement and migration are among the most pressing topics on the international agenda for policy makers today. Issues surrounding global displacement and migration processes cross manifold intellectual boundaries. Understanding the issue demands insights and methods from a broad array of specialties.
CGP’s Displacement and Migration Program is therefore a multi-disciplinary program that aims to study the root causes/drivers of displacement and migration and offer expert advice and research, to states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders on innovative policy formulation to meet these evolving challenges. The program is therefore working on a number of projects to facilitate this by engaging with members of the U.S. Government, policymakers in international organizations including the OIC and UN, and individuals directly impacted by forced migration and genocide.