GMF’s Leadership Programs (LP) cultivates the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. By fostering a community of leaders with diverse life experiences and political perspectives along with a commitment to the transatlantic partnership, LP advances GMF’s transatlantic agenda on the future of democracy, inclusive and sustainable societies, security and defense, geopolitics, and technology and innovation. Based on the principles of democracy, human rights, and international cooperation, LP builds leadership capacity through fellowships, action grants, newly enhanced digital networks, distance learning, and the engagement of more than 4,000 alumni throughout Europe, the United States, and partnership countries. LP's portfolio of initiatives for established, mid-career, and next-generation leaders includes the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN), the Manfred Wörner Seminar (MWS), the Policy Designers Network (PDN), and the Leadership Lab (LL).
GMF Leadership Programs non-resident fellow Muddassar Ahmed calls for Europe and the United States to be receptive to collaborative action that includes creative religious diplomacy and citizen engagement. In his policy paper titled How Religious Diplomacy and Pan-Islamic Organizations Can Help Stabilize Afghanistan, he demonstrates how religious actors and faith-based organizations can play a crucial role in peace-building and conflict resolution. Whether at the international, national, or local level, he argues that initiatives that mobilize the leadership of Muslims to engage in intercultural dialogue and prioritize moderate, more tolerant values of Islam can contribute greatly to stabilize communities and countries.