On 22nd September 2008, Quilliam Directors Maajid Nawaz and Ed Husain met with former US Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone, who is currently a guest scholar at the US Institute for Peace.
The Directors introduced their work at The Quilliam Foundation and then asked the Ambassador his views about US foreign policy engagement with Islamist organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The Ambassador recalled the history of US engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood and outlined his strategy and views vis-a-vis this organization in Egypt. After an engaging discussion, a further exchange of views and ideas was agreed on this topic.
Maajid Nawaz and Ed Husain then met with staff from the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. The session involved introducing the work of The Quilliam Foundation to the Saban Center, and vice versa. The discussion centred around what Quilliam could offer the US, whether there was a radicalization problem in the US and how the Saban Center and Quilliam could cooperate in future on this issue.