Amb. Ahmed and his research team traveled to Foggy Bottom for a State Department visit on Feb. 24, where Amb. Ahmed presented a preview of Journey into Europe and discussed the importance of the project with a wide number of State Dept. officials. The event, chaired by Arsalan Suleman, acting U.S. Special Envoy to the OIC, and featuring Shaarik Zafar, the State Department’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities, as a discussant, drew a distinguished standing-room only crowd from across the agency. Senior figures from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and the Office of Religion and Global Affairs, as well as top officials from the Foreign Service Institute, were among those grappling with the challenges facing Europeans of all stripes and actively seeking means to improve interfaith relations during and following the question and answer session with Amb. Ahmed.