Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam Inaugural Conference

Can Islam be a motivation for corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Do Islamic corporations have a stronger morally obligation to act responsibly? Is CSR a product that the private sector uses as a PR tool or is it a value that firms must embrace to be sustainable? To answer these and other questions, the Hollings Center…

Podcast: Alexander Cooley

Alexander Cooley, professor at Barnard College, gives his overview of the New Silk Road Strategy and his view on the major challenges to its implementation.

Podcast: Volker Jacoby

Volker Jacoby discusses his views on the main problem with the New Silk Road strategy, namely the problems of “donor-driven” strategies as opposed to region-driven initiatives.

Podcast: Paul Fishstein

Paul Fishstein, former director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in Kabul, explains the constraints to trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia, including the illicit narcotics trade. He explores how this trade may change post-2014, while also commenting on water issues, geographical challenges and historical barriers to trade.

Podcast: Ned Conway

Ned Conway explains why the New Silk Road strategy is often met with criticism, notably that it is more of a vision than a concise strategy with means to implement the vision, and how success for the strategy could be assessed. He also gives his understanding of why Central Asians are skeptical of the strategy…

Podcast: Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera, a freelance journalist, gives input on the effectiveness of the U.S. New Silk Road strategy, offering a comparison to Chinese efforts towards regional integration in Central Asia.

Podcast: Shairbek Juraev

Shairbek Juraev, a political expert from Kyrgyzstan, explores barriers to regional cooperation both within Central Asia and in the broader region of South Asia.

Podcast: Farrukh Irnazarov

Farrukh Irnazarov, country director for the Central Asian Development Institute, gives input into the perspective of Central Asian republics and their views on a New Silk Road Strategy, offering recommendations to the US and other governments hoping to better integrate Afghanistan into Central Asia.

The Link Between Water and Food Security in the Middle East

Dr. Mutlu Özdoğan, of the University of Wisconsin, and Dr. Sezin İba Gürsoy, or Kirklareli University, discuss the link between water issues in the Middle East and long-term food security. They provide examples of example partnerships on food and water security and discuss how the region could better utilize data on water management to improve…

Ortadoğu’da Su ve Gıda Güvenliği Arasındaki Bağlantı

Wisconsin Üniversitesi’nden Dr. Mutlu Özdoğan ve Kırklareli Üniversitesi’nden Dr. Sezin İba Gürsoy, Orta Doğu’daki su sorunları ile uzun vadeli gıda güvenliği arasındaki bağlantıyı konuşuyorlar. Sohbetlerinde, gıda ve su güvenliği alanında iyi ortaklık örnekleri, Orta Doğu su politikasının iyileştirilebilmesi için verilerin daha etkin kullanımı, ve su tasarrufu ile ilgili heyecan verici bir NASA projesi tartışılıyor.