Central Asia’s Regional Challenges

Central Asia is the region that isn’t exactly a region. The republics trade globally, but relatively little with one another. Their border and customs policies remain highly dysfunctional despite well‐meaning international aid programs. And much of the new infrastructure in the region has developed to serve national territory, rather than to better connect states to one another. Central…

Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges

Iraq is in a critical stage of political and economic development, and its growing potential as a regional lynchpin runs alongside great domestic uncertainty, divisions and soul-searching about where the country is headed. Where is Iraq headed as a nation, and what can next-generation Iraqi leaders do to bridge regional and sectarian divisions?  A young…

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…

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…