“I Trust You – Voices from Afghanistan and Pakistan” Competition

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue is pleased to announce a video competition, “I Trust You – Voices from Afghanistan & Pakistan” in collaboration with the Media Foundation in Pakistan and Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan. The 90-second video competition aims to build trust, mutual respect, and promote commonalities between the two neighbors through…

Passing of Senator Ernest F. Hollings

Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, Founding Chair of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, passed away on April 6, 2019 at the age of 97. Senator Hollings served in the United States Senate from 1966 to 2005 and as Governor of the state of South Carolina from 1959 to 1963. The Center extends its sincere condolences…

Seminar: Introduction to Co-operative Development for Refugees and Local Communities

A program that disseminated outcomes from the “Cooperators Without Borders” workshop was held on 26 September 2018 in Gaziantep, Turkey.  The workshop aimed to provide information on how to start cooperative business models for the economically marginalized.  The Center cosponsored the event with Youth Deal Cooperative.  The seminar, co-hosted by ILO, UNWomen, and ASAM, comprised…

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…

Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Interview by George Gavrilis Please click here for a printer friendly PDF version of this page. Archaeology and the preservation of Afghanistan’s heritage is a subject that is generally absent from popular knowledge in the United States, even after more than a decade of deep U.S. involvement in the country. What knowledge exists in the public…

The Road Ahead for Iraq and Afghanistan

Julia Bunting, Communications and Administrative Coordinator  Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Following the recent U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, the American public’s attention is shifting away from more than a decade of overseas wars. In an attempt to bring closure to…

Beyond the Compound: U.S. Cultural Heritage Policy in Afghanistan

Joanie Meharry, independent scholar in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies In an isolated valley in Logar province, located about 25 miles south-east of Kabul, an armed convoy moves in to secure a makeshift landing pad. On board the helicopter is a group of American cultural specialists and international journalists coming from the U.S. Embassy in…