Podcast: Paul Fishstein

Paul Fishstein, former director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in Kabul, explains the constraints to trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia, including the illicit narcotics trade. He explores how this trade may change post-2014, while also commenting on water issues, geographical challenges and historical barriers to trade.

Podcast: Ned Conway

Ned Conway explains why the New Silk Road strategy is often met with criticism, notably that it is more of a vision than a concise strategy with means to implement the vision, and how success for the strategy could be assessed. He also gives his understanding of why Central Asians are skeptical of the strategy…

Podcast: Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera, a freelance journalist, gives input on the effectiveness of the U.S. New Silk Road strategy, offering a comparison to Chinese efforts towards regional integration in Central Asia.

Podcast: Shairbek Juraev

Shairbek Juraev, a political expert from Kyrgyzstan, explores barriers to regional cooperation both within Central Asia and in the broader region of South Asia.

Podcast: Moheb Mudessir

Moheb Mudessir, a BBC correspondent from the Afghan Service, discusses the importance of regional integration with Central Asia for Afghanistan’s economic success, especially as international aid is reduced post-2014.

Podcast: Farrukh Irnazarov

Farrukh Irnazarov, country director for the Central Asian Development Institute, gives input into the perspective of Central Asian republics and their views on a New Silk Road Strategy, offering recommendations to the US and other governments hoping to better integrate Afghanistan into Central Asia.

High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge

Often overshadowed by its political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, such as depleting water resources. Recognizing the need to find possible collective solutions, the Hollings Center and the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at the University of Central Florida convened a conference to address challenges…

The Link Between Water and Food Security in the Middle East

Dr. Mutlu Özdoğan, of the University of Wisconsin, and Dr. Sezin İba Gürsoy, or Kirklareli University, discuss the link between water issues in the Middle East and long-term food security. They provide examples of example partnerships on food and water security and discuss how the region could better utilize data on water management to improve…

Water Security in the Middle East

Dr. Scott Moore discusses why water is such a political issue and what conditions are necessary to resolving water conflict in the Middle East. He also offers insight on Asia as a model for water management in the Middle East and envisions the future of international cooperation on such issues.     This video was…