Source: The New York Times
On September 3, 2005 The New York Times reported, "American Muslims met with Under Secretary of State Karen P. Hughes on Friday at an Islamic convention here to offer advice and assistance as she began an initiative to improve the flagging image of the United States among Muslims overseas. Ms. Hughes began overseeing 'public diplomacy' for the Bush administration last month. She said she and the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, would hold a public forum and announce a new 'public diplomacy' strategy next week. She gave few details, but said the initiative would involve exchange programs, debates and interfaith dialogues... Polls have shown that the image of the United States among Muslims abroad has plummeted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the start of the Iraq conflict. Ms. Hughes met separately with leaders of Muslim organizations, young people and a delegation from England that was among an estimated 40,000 here for the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America."