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…

Workshops for Next-Generation Turkish and American Journalists

Yigal Schleifer recently received a Hollings Center Small Grant to organize a series of workshops for early-career Turkish and American journalists working in Turkey. Yigal has extensive experience as a freelance journalist in Istanbul where between 2002 and 2010 he worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the Eurasianet website. During this time he…

Iran and the Future of Turkey-U.S. Relations (October 2010)

The U.S. and Turkey seem to have adopted incompatible positions on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its greater role in the Middle East.  Participants sought to explore whether Iran will act as an obstacle or opportunity when it comes to closer Turkey-U.S. cooperation in the region.  Participants probed each country’s foreign policy toward Iran, Iran’s domestic…

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An International Dialogue on Progress and Challenges

October 2009. This dialogue focused on the most recent trends and innovations in evaluation and quality assurance.  The dialogue examined quality assurance from different national, cultural, and institutional perspectives, bringing together university presidents, government officials, and higher education experts from the Middle East and North Africa, Southwest and Southeast Asia, Turkey and the United States….

The Future of U.S.–Egypt Relations: A Next-Generation Dialogue, Part II

July 2009. As a follow-up to the May 2009 dialogue, participants discussed changes in Egypt and how to reshape U.S. aid to Egypt, broaden economic ties, support effective political reform and increase educational and cultural exchange.  As in the previous dialogue, a group of Egyptian and American NGO and business leaders, diplomats, foreign policy experts,…