Lia van Broekhoven on a Human Security Approach to CVE

Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of the Human Security Collective, addresses the question: “What is the human security approach to countering and preventing violent extremism?” She also discusses the potential roadblocks to using a human security framework to addressing violent extremism.  

The Water Energy Food Nexus: An Integrated Approach to the Middle East Water Challenge

The Middle East and North Africa region faces growing pressure on its water systems due to population growth, socio-economic development, security issues, urbanization, and environmental degradation. Some of these issues were discussed during the Hollings Center’s May 2014 dialogue conference, High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge. The dialogue, which was cosponsored by…

Video: Timor Sharan on the Special Immigration Visa Program for Afghans

Timor Sharan explains the background of the Special Immigration Visa Program and the research project he completed as part of the Hollings Center Small Grants program with his colleague Noah Coburn. He offers insight into the effects of the program on Afghanistan, recommendations from the report and lessons that can be learned for future programming….

Podcast: Noah Coburn

Noah Coburn discusses the key takeaways from research conducted through a Hollings Center small grant on the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which provides visas for Afghans that worked as translators with the U.S. military or on U.S-funded projects and now find themselves in danger.  

Savoring Syria: Documenting the Syrian Kitchen in Exile

June 3, 2016 As Syrian refugees resettle throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, they often struggle to preserve the intangible cultural heritage that ties them to their identities. Yearning for a taste of home, the Syrian diaspora accesses this heritage through reestablishing culinary traditions and recreating the tastes of home in kitchens…

Small Grantee Feature: Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education

March 28, 2016 Interview with Amal Elobeidi, participant in Hollings Center small grant project Last spring, two participants from the Hollings Center’s dialogue conference, “Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education,” completed a small grant project that brought two Libyan academics to Pomona College in California. The trip aimed to build linkages between Libyan and American…

Moving Tribute to Hal Saunders

On March 8, 2016, Dr. Harold Saunders, founding member of the Hollings Center Board of Directors, passed away. Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have written moving tributes to Hal, whose legacy leaves a lasting impact on us all. Read the Washington Post piece below or click here for the New York…

Higher Education Policies and Overeducation in Turkey

March 2016. In Spring of 2015, the Hollings Center organized a conference entitled, Bridging the Disconnect Between Education and the Economy, exploring the breakdown between higher education and the labor market. Out of this conference, we supported a small grant for two participants to explore this phenomenon in greater depth in the context of Turkey…