Debating International Relations in Central Asia

Earlier in 2020, the Hollings Center through its small grants program, co-sponsored a project with Crossroads Central Asia and experts Shairbek Dzhuraev and Eric McGlinchery. The purpose of the project was to contribute to an informed debate and dialogue on international relations in Central Asia, with a particular focus on evolving modes of engagement of…

Outcome-Based Education in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan’s higher education system, Professional Development Centers (PDCs) are the core entities that function within universities to enhance the academic, professional and organizational capabilities of higher education institutions. These structural bodies are tasked with an important mission to offer capacity-building programs for the faculty members and administrative staff on continuous basis. They aim to…

Podcast: The Covid-19 and Political Transition in Kyrgyzstan

This program is the second in a series of podcasts on Central Asian international relations that aims to discuss key events and developments in the region and in its engagement with the world.  The podcast is part of a project by Dr. Eric McGlinchey and Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev on debating the region’s relationships.  The podcast…

Youth, Peace and Security Nexus: Perceptions Toward Youth

From global climate change demonstrations and strikes to protests against ruling elites, corruption, and inequality, the world witnessed mass youth protests in the last year. Despite youth’s remarkable political mobilization, their messages are often devalued or ignored. This is mainly related with the contradictory perceptions of youth as being ‘troublemakers’ or ‘victims’, or ‘agents of…