Young Professionals in International Relations Launch

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue launched its Young Professionals in International Relations (YPIR) Network on June 16, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey with an event featuring guest speaker Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The event brought together 30 young professionals representing academia, the…

Israel’s Role in U.S.-Turkey Relations

Israel Institute’s Michael Koplow weighs in on the history of Israel-Turkey relations and potential opportunities for increased cooperation between Israel and Turkey. He also discusses the U.S. role as a “present partner” in that relationship and the effects on each nations’ interactions with the US.

The Role of Energy in U.S.-Turkey Relations

Ceren Aydemir discusses the role of energy in Turkey-U.S. relations and potential areas for cooperation between the two nations. She provides examples of new possibilities for partnership between the US and Turkey on energy issues, including on renewable energy and natural gas, and how the potential for the US to influence Turkey’s relations with its…

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…