Bridging the Gap between Oral History and Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Sawt, meaning “voice” in Arabic, is an oral narrative and animation documentary project highlighting the experiences of female activists in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and their role in the nation’s dramatic transition to democracy. Rhana Natour and Tamara Shogaolu, documentary filmmakers and researchers living in New York…

Foreign Policy and Competing Mediation in the Middle East and Central Asia

July 2012 The political upheavals in the Middle East have shifted the foreign policy landscape in the region.  States like Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are implementing assertive foreign policies in a region that was arguably dominated for decades by U.S. foreign policy. What comparative advantages do aspiring regional powers have?  Will they compete with…

Dead Men Risen

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan (Quercus: October 2011) Toby Harnden 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. Stories of war oftentimes lend themselves to exaggerated, heroic narratives.  This…

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Female Voices from Egypt, Mauritania and Tunisia

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this feature. Should women fear a reversal of social, political and economic rights under Islamist governments, or will they find new opportunities in all three sectors? Emna ben Arab (Assistant Professor, University of Sfax) and Laryssa Chomiak (Director, Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines á Tunis – CEMAT) participated in a…

Kabul Girls Soccer Club

Awista Ayub Review and author interview by Sanem Güner Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. The London 2012 Olympics are a few months away. For most of us, it is just another great sports spectacle. For others, like the Afghan women’s boxing team, it is a milestone; a chance to prove…

Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia

How can we deploy oral history more globally to sustainably foster partnerships and exchanges of ideas across international and cultural boundaries?  How can digital technology make oral history more of a public resource in the Middle East, Central Asia and the United States?  What are the benefits and limitations of using memory to diagnose and…

The Economies of the Arab Spring

October 2011 Until recently, the economic dimensions of the Arab Spring have played second fiddle to high-order political issues.  Policymakers and pundits have focused much more on the posturing of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt or on debating whether an Nahda will upend the secular order in Tunisia.  Less attention…