U.S.-Afghanistan Relations: Vision for the Future

Is there political will in the U.S. to help Afghanistan maintain the social, economic, and human rights gains of the past two decades? If so, what are some of the policies you think should be pursued to this end? Carter Malkasian was the special assistant for strategy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of…

Podcast: Emerging Forms of Islamic Civil Society (Part I & II)

This two-part podcast series is part of a Regional Policy Dialogue organized in early 2021 by the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, in cooperation with the European Neighbourhood Council, and with the support of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue. Held over February and March 2021, the organizers gathered together a group of experts,…

Emerging Forms of Islamic Civil Society in Central Asia

Although levels of religiosity vary, over eighty five percent of Central Asians self-identify as Muslim, with the vast majority adhering to the Sunni Hanafi school of jurisprudence and over 100,000 Pamiris in Tajikistan following Shia Isma’ilism. Almost 30 years after the end of the Soviet Union, many Central Asians, in particular the younger generation, are…

Новые формы исламского гражданского общества в Центральной Азии

Несмотря на то, что уровни религиозности в Центральной Азии разные, более 85% жителей региона причисляют себя к мусульманам. Подавляющее большинство от этого числа является последователями суннитско-ханафитской школы юриспруденции, а свыше 100 тысяч памирцев в Таджикистане соблюдают каноны шиитского исмаилизма.1 Спустя почти 30 лет после распада Советского Союза многие жители Центральной Азии, особенно молодое поколение, требуют, чтобы…

Orta Asya’da Gelişen İslami Sivil Toplum Biçimleri

Dindarlık seviyeleri farklılık gösterse de, Orta Asyalıların yüzde seksen beşinden fazlası kendini Müslüman olarak tanımlamaktadır. Bu nüfusun büyük çoğunluğu Sünni Hanefi mezhebine bağlıyken, Tacikistan’da yaşayan 100,000’inin üzerindeki Pamir Şii mezhebinin İsmaili kolunu takip etmektedir. Sovyetler Birliği’nin dağılmasından neredeyse 30 yıl sonra, özellikle genç nesilden birçok Orta Asyalı, İslamın kamusal ve özel hayatta daha merkezi bir…

Youth, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development Project

 Youth continue to be largely ignored by those in power. Rather than viewing them as important human capital, youth are often viewed with suspicion because they frequently challenge traditional norms and ways of doing things in society. These authorities fail to comprehend that putting youth to work would not only enhance economic growth, but…

CEBC MENA Podcast: Mobility Behavior in MENA & the USA

 In this episode, Dr. Joanna Moody, Research Program Manager at MIT Energy Initiative’s Mobility Systems Center, discusses her research on the people’s mobility behavior in the US and the MENA regions and how different they are and her research survey on the so-called “Car Pride” across the US and the MENA countries and how…