The Durand Line: History, Consequences, and Future

July 2007 The Durand Line, the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has long been the site of more conflict than cooperation.  This dialogue brought together leading scholars, policy experts, and officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and several European countries to focus on the political and legal history of the boundary, its social and…

Independent Universities in the Muslim World: A New Approach, Part II

January 2007 Building on the December 2005 conference, participants in this second dialogue delved deeper into topics relating to curricula, standards of excellence, philanthropy, best practices, and international cooperation between independent universities.  Participants included presidents and administrators of higher education institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi…

The Future of the Caspian Sea

May 2006 Unresolved questions of boundaries and legal regimes hinder ties between states bordering the Caspian Sea.  Dialogue participants explored potential areas of collaboration, addressing pollution, protecting fisheries and promoting maritime trade. In cooperation with the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, the Hollings Center convened the conference with representatives of four…

Meeting of Middle Eastern Television Professionals

February 2006 Television plays a powerful role, reflecting and shaping public opinion in the Middle East.  With support from the Hollings Center, participants in this Search for Common Ground dialogue analyzed trends in Middle Eastern television, weighed the challenges of covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and discussed whether television programming can promote peace in the region. …

Independent Universities in the Muslim World: A New Approach, Part I

December 2005 This path-breaking dialogue examined the establishment of independent universities in predominantly Muslim countries, the challenges these institutions face and the possibilities for partnership with American universities.  Conference participants included prominent educators and higher education officials from independent colleges and universities in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the…

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Cultural Heritage and Current Reality

May 2005 In the midst of heightened violence, the Hollings Center convened prominent scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States to discuss the exceedingly difficult yet promising relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Sessions focused on the sources of conflict between the two neighbors and generated ideas for dispute resolution and cooperation.   [su_document url=”https://hollingscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/05-2005_Afghanistan_Pakistan.pdf”]