Cooperators Without Borders

In honor of International Day of Cooperatives this July 7, the Center is pleased to report on a recent workshop held at its Istanbul headquarters in April 2018 in partnership with Genç İşi Kooperatif (Youth Deal Cooperative).  The workshop, titled “Cooperators Without Borders” brought together 22 social cooperative professionals from Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United…

Collaborative Opportunities for Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue, through a grant from Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, convened the second Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit in Istanbul, Turkey from May 4 -8, 2018. This year’s 23 participants included representatives from civil society, academia, media, and business. The objective of the summit was to promote…

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تقريـر مـن إعـداد بيتـر ماندافيل، جامعة جورج ميسـون آذار/مارس 2018 ُيعتبـر المشـهد السياسـي فـي الشـرق ا وسـط وشـمال أفريقيـا فـي العـام 2018 أرضيـة جـد عدائيـة لتنشـئة بـذور الديمقراطيــة التــي تــم زرعهــا بطريقــة مدهشــة قبــل ســبع ســنوات فحســب، إبــان ا حــداث المصيريــة التــي طبعــت الانتفاضــات العربيــة. فعلــى مــا يبــدو، تتصــف المنطقــة اليــوم بشــكل أساســي بالعنــف وانعــدام…

Orta Doğu ve Kuzey Afrika’da Siyasi Çoğulculuk

2018 yılında baktığımızda Orta Doğu ve Kuzey Afrika’daki siyasi manzara, sadece yedi yıl önce yaşanan Arap Ayaklanmaları’nın attığı demokrasi tohumlarının çiçeklenmesine imkân vermeyen bir çoraklaşmaya işaret etmektedir. Bugün bölge her şeyden çok şiddet, istikrarsızlık, siyasi gerilim, yeniden ortaya çıkan otoriter rejimler ve insani krizler ile anılmaktadır. Birçok önemli ülkede sivil alan neredeyse tamamen ortadan kalkmıştır,…

The Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance, and Development Choices

Food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is viewed as one contributing factor in catalyzing conflicts in the region as well as perpetuating multiple humanitarian crises. The MENA region is the largest importer of food in the world, accounting for nearly 1/3rd of global cereal imports.  Rising prices in staple foods…

Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa

The political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 is a terrain deeply hostile to nurturing the seeds of democracy planted so spectacularly just seven years prior during the momentous events of the Arab Uprisings. The region today seems characterized above all by violence, instability, social tension, renewed authoritarianism, and humanitarian crisis….

Afghanistan: The Next Generation of Scholars

Understanding Afghanistan has been a critical need over the past two decades and will continue to be important in the coming years.  Yet, the necessary scholarship that can provide better understanding of the country remained underdeveloped both within and outside the country for decades. With the exception of a brief open period between 1960 and…

Martin Keulertz on Food Security in the Middle East & North Africa

Martin Keulertz, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, discusses the challenges the MENA region faces in achieving food security and discusses possible ways to address those challenges. Most importantly, the outlook can be optimistic with attention to key issues and the development of new strategies.