Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education

Following Libya’s parliamentary elections in 2012 and the establishment of a new government, the new representatives announced a bold vision for the future of Libyan higher education.  The aim: to create world class universities (WCUs) that would help diversify Libya’s economy and turn Libya into a hub of academic achievement.  Using its significant oil resources,…

Great Games, Local Rules

Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia (Oxford University Press, 2012) Alexander Cooley 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. The drive from central Dushanbe—Tajikistan’s capital—to the Afghan border is an easy four-hour jaunt. …

After Defeat

After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West  (Cambridge University Press, 2011) Ayşe Zarakol Review and author interview by George Gavrilis Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page.  In 1933, a year when Japan was at once caught up in the throes of modernization and in search of…

The Modern History of Iraq

Phebe Marr’s The Modern History of Iraq (Westview Press, 2012) Review and author interview by George Gavrilis Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Writing a historical survey of any country is no easy task.  This is particularly true of Iraq, where the chaos of the past ten years creates a great temptation…

New Guidelines Published on Interpreting Conflict through Oral History

In the summer of 2012, the Hollings Center awarded a small grant to Mary Marshall Clark of the Columbia University Center for Oral History (CCOH) and Lucine Taminian of the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII). The grant intended to facilitate the development of guidelines for the ethics and methodologies of collecting oral histories…

Decoding Perceptions in U.S.-Turkey Relations

Perceptions have weighed heavily on U.S.-Turkey relations and how American and Turkish leaders and the general public see one another.  Despite an often robust bilateral relationship with the US, Turkish public opinion has always been skeptical of U.S. involvement in Turkey and the Middle East. On the other hand, U.S. public opinion on Turkey is usually uninformed…

Central Asia’s Regional Challenges

Central Asia is the region that isn’t exactly a region. The republics trade globally, but relatively little with one another. Their border and customs policies remain highly dysfunctional despite well‐meaning international aid programs. And much of the new infrastructure in the region has developed to serve national territory, rather than to better connect states to one another. Central…