What We Do
The Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis has initiated a 12-month Engaging Political Islam project to review Western political approaches to political Islam as a dominant political force within the Middle East and elsewhere. While an every-present factor within contemporary American foreign policy, the forces of political Islam have in recent months come to dominate both European foreign and domestic policy. The 2015 migration crisis has seen an influx several hundred thousand Muslim refugees and economic migrants into the European Union. Many of these migrants have left Muslim countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan following western interventionism and the conflicts that have come in its wake. These Muslim migrants will join existing Islamic communities within the EU that are already the focus of an increasingly shrill political, economic and security debate. An urgent new approach needs to be taken to reassess both the failed western interventions and their consequences; and the need to accurately read and support political reform in the region.
Any objective and coherent policy towards the Middle East on the part of the United States, European Union and United Kingdom will need to engage with mainstream political Islam.
The Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis Engaging Political Islam project will examine the following themes: Political Islam as a political force; Understanding the variations within political Islam; Political Islam in Practice; Political Islam ready for engagement? Why Engage with Political Islam? National and international security; Counter-terrorism, migration and de-radicalisation issues; British Policy towards Political Islam; US and EU Policies toward Political Islam; Pressure Group Politics; The West and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Case Study; Strategies for engagement; dialogue and supporting democracy.
The Centre is primarily interested in improving governance in the developing world. One practical means of doing this is to provide independent teams of experienced experts to monitor elections. The Centre can call on a wide range of senior academics, ex-military personnel and diplomats.
Current programmes include studies of European and American foreign policies; environmental and energy issues; modernisation in the new states of the EU; Islamic traditions versus demands for modernisation; counter-terrorism, especially chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
The main focus of the CFPA is conflict resolution. Since its inception in November 2004, it has worked in over 20 countries but especially Sudan (concentrating on Darfur), Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Zimbabwe.
Seminars and conferences
Ranging from small briefing sessions to larger conferences.
Paradoxically, global media companies have almost destroyed the tradition of foreign correspondents who knew 'their' countries inside out. The frequent result is poor reporting, misinformation and even propaganda from conflict zones in the developing world. Equally, journalists from many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East suffer from severe restrictions on their freedom and on their capacity to improve their skills in their chosen profession. What is the best way of enhancing media freedoms without patronising intervention?