CIGA’s philosophy maintains that there should be no inherent conflict between legitimate interests of world powers in the Muslim world and the genuine aspirations, interests, and rights of the people of the region. Whatever grievances, misperceptions, or mistrust that may exist on either side must be resolved through dialogue, non-coercive negotiations, and cooperation. This mutual relationship must also be grounded in the highest values and ideals recognized in the democratic historical experiences and the Islamic tradition, as well as based on shared interests and mutual respect.

CIGA shall conduct and carry out its research, policy analysis, and educational and training programs with particular focus on the different aspects of social development and democratic progress, and their interrelated disciplines and dynamics throughout the Muslim World, particularly in countries across the Middle East and North Africa, based on the following principles:

(1) Respect for the history and tradition of Islamic culture and civilization with the recognition that this civilization has been open to positive influence, change and reforms within its core values.

(2) Freedom and self determination as the foundation of human dignity to all peoples regardless of religious affiliation, race, gender, age, class or socio-economic status.

(3) Respect for civil liberties, political freedoms, human rights, and cultural pluralism.

(4) The institualization of a political culture emphasizing democratic traditions including citizen equality, citizen participation, pluralism, political tolerance, and free and responsible media.

(5) Formation of political systems that is based on representative government, transparency, accountability, and good governance.

(6) Application of equal justice under the rule of law through the creation of an independent judiciary and bill of rights.

(7) Establishment of a fair economic system based on social justice, public welfare and development, decent education and social services, and equal opportunity and access to national resources for all citizens.

(8) Promotion of national security as a comprehensive concept that includes not only geo-strategic and military aspects but also political, socioeconomic, cultural, and humanitarian dimensions.

Moreover, the work of the Center will be built on six core values. These core values shall drive the organization and set the foundation for the Center’s long-term strategic plan.  The core values are:

(1)  The production of the highest Quality research,

(2)  Integrity in methodology,

(3)  Objectivity in analysis,

(4)  Engagement and Cooperation with professionals and experts in the field,

(5)  Accessibility to the public, and

(6)  Relevance to policymakers.