Source: The Daily Star
On December 21, 2004 The Daily Star reported, "a group of American Muslim scholars, activists and community leaders is determined to carve a role for American Muslims in policy making. They met after a conference titled 'Bridging the Divide' which was hosted by the U.S.-Islamic World Project at Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Dec. 13, 2004 and launched a new initiative - the American Muslim Group on Policy Planning (AMGPP). The group will focus on directing American Muslim energies toward engagement with the policy community and the U.S. government. Its foundation is based on the premise that the American Muslim community is not only capable of providing valuable assistance to the U.S. in the 'war on terror' but can also play a pivotal role in helping build bridges of confidence, trust and communication between the U.S. and the Muslim world."