Engaging the Muslim world through tangible initiatives that affect people’s daily lives is a global challenge and therefore must be addressed through global partnerships. Because of expertise, experience, and capacity across government, the transatlantic community, including NATO and EU countries, provides a logical context for such partnerships. Engaging mainstream Muslim communities not only empowers these groups to lift their societies upward; it also servers the national interest of the countries involved. As transatlantic partnerships are forged, they are likely to face several key challenges, including capacity building across government; identifying the right groups to engage with; specific initiatives to pursue; and resolving foreign policy differences among the partnering states.
The Transatlantic Paper Series is a product of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ project on The Transatlantic Alliance in a Multipolar World. The project was made possible by generous funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the McCormick Foundation, and the Adenauer Fund at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Other papers in the series include: