Untold Stories: Oral Histories of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. To many, Afghanistan is a war-torn country doomed to conflict. For those who have discovered its true identity and potential, however, there are many stories to be told about it besides war. Shaharzad Akbar and Joanie Meharry are two young women who are up for…

Kabul Girls Soccer Club

Awista Ayub Review and author interview by Sanem Güner Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. The London 2012 Olympics are a few months away. For most of us, it is just another great sports spectacle. For others, like the Afghan women’s boxing team, it is a milestone; a chance to prove…

Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia

How can we deploy oral history more globally to sustainably foster partnerships and exchanges of ideas across international and cultural boundaries?  How can digital technology make oral history more of a public resource in the Middle East, Central Asia and the United States?  What are the benefits and limitations of using memory to diagnose and…

The Economies of the Arab Spring

October 2011 Until recently, the economic dimensions of the Arab Spring have played second fiddle to high-order political issues.  Policymakers and pundits have focused much more on the posturing of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt or on debating whether an Nahda will upend the secular order in Tunisia.  Less attention…

Ankara Workshop on Nuclear Proliferation

The Hollings Center awarded a small grant to Dr. Şebnem Udum (Hacettepe University) and Dr. Philipp Bleek (Monterey Institute of International Studies) to plan a workshop on the science and politics of nuclear proliferation.  This one-day workshop, titled “Nuclear Proliferation & Turkish & U.S. Threat Perceptions Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Program” was held in June 2011 at the…

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition

 Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election Scott Seward Smith Review and author interview by George Gavrilis, Executive Director of the Hollings Center Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Scott Seward Smith’s book masterfully covers the highs and lows of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan through…

Beyond the Compound: U.S. Cultural Heritage Policy in Afghanistan

Joanie Meharry, independent scholar in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies In an isolated valley in Logar province, located about 25 miles south-east of Kabul, an armed convoy moves in to secure a makeshift landing pad. On board the helicopter is a group of American cultural specialists and international journalists coming from the U.S. Embassy in…

Effects and Consequences of the Arab Spring

What kind of weather will the Arab Spring bring to the Middle East? Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now April 15, 2011 In collaboration with Kadir Has University International Relations Department and the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) What are the commonalities and differences among the…