Episode 1: New Media

Listen to Ep.1: Picking Up Where We Left Off on New Media byPicking Up Where We Left Off on hearthis.at      In early December 2019, as the world was just beginning to learn about COVID, the Hollings Center held a dialogue in Tunis on the New Media landscape in the Middle East and North…

Turkey’s Role in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Turkey is struggling to balance Ukraine on the one hand, with which it has been developing lucrative economic and military ties; and Russia on the other, which is a critical supplier of natural gas and a significant trade and security partner. Complicating this balancing act even further are Turkey’s commitments to NATO, juxtaposed with President…

The Importance of Civil Society in a Democracy – Zainab Al-Suwaij

 The Hollings Center recently hosted Zainab Al-Suwaij at a public event at its office in Istanbul. Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and has been its executive director since AIC’s inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Zainab left her teaching position at Yale to…

Afghanistan’s Transition – A Critical Approach

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31st, many questions remain about the future of Afghanistan and its relations with the international community. The takeover by the Taliban has implications for the country’s internal stability and security, as well as for neighboring countries and beyond. What went wrong? What should we expect…

CEBC MENA Podcast: Automated Vehicles – How, Why, and When

 CEBC MENA · S2. E6. Automated Vehicles: Why, How and When? From Dubai to Minnesota This episode hosts Kristin R. White, Executive Director ǀ Connected & Automated Vehicles Office (CAV-X) and Dr. Ismail Zohdy, Programme Manager of Self-Driving Transport Strategy at Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). In this episode of the CEBC MENA…

İran’da Reisi Dönemi

İran, hem kendisi, hem yakın bölgesi, hem de dünyadaki güç dengeleri açısından bakıldığında kritik bir dönemde seçime gitti. Ruhani lider Ayetullah Ali Hamaney’in yakın çevresinden bir isim olan Yargı Erki eski başkanı İbrahim Reisi, İran İslam Cumhuriyeti’nin yeni cumhurbaşkanı oldu. Reisi, İran’ın uzun süredir içinde bulunduğu ekonomik sıkıntılar, ülkenin Batı ile ilişkileri, ve bölge ülkeler…

Iran’s Raisi Era

Iran held elections at a critical time in terms of itself, its region, and the balance of power in the world. Ibrahim Reisi, the former head of the Judiciary, who is a close circle of the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has become the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How can the…

Crossroads: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States

From 2017 to 2019, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue hosted the Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit, a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to foster business, education, and civil society connections between the two countries. Following the Doha Agreement in February 2020 and the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. forces by mid-2021, the…

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: At a Crossroads?

Some have said that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan is at a crossroads with the imminent withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan. What opportunities and challenges will this create for future relations between the two countries? Sadia Sulaiman is an assistant professor at the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South…