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,…

Podcast: The Covid-19 and Political Transition in Kyrgyzstan

This program is the second in a series of podcasts on Central Asian international relations that aims to discuss key events and developments in the region and in its engagement with the world.  The podcast is part of a project by Dr. Eric McGlinchey and Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev on debating the region’s relationships.  The podcast…

Podcast: Issues in Central Asia’s International Relations

This program is the first in a series of podcasts on Central Asian international relations that aims to discuss key events and developments in the region and in its engagement with the world.  The podcast is part of a project by Dr. Eric McGlinchey and Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev on debating the region’s relationships.  The podcast…

Sino-Maghreb Relations: Past, Present, and Future

Over the past years, China has been increasing its presence and engagement with the Arab world. Presenting itself as a more reliable partner than the US and Europe, Chinese officials have been working diligently to further develop political ties with various Arab capitals, as well as expand commercial opportunities. North Africa has been another key…

Planning Megacities

Kazi K. Ashraf discusses how a megacity could be defined and the challenges that definition will create for urbanists in planning for megacities. Kazi K. Ashraf is an architect, urbanist and architectural historian. He received his master’s from MIT and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently director-general of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes…

Balancing Preservation with Growth in Megacities

Alex Armlovich discusses the issues surrounding growth and preservation in megacities. He outlines good examples of preserving culture, history, and environment, while dealing with the challenges posed by a megacities needs for growth and development. He further outlines the impact of gentrification on megacity diversity. Alex Armlovich is a fellow in state and local policy…

Technology and Megacities

Nina Purwajati and Biondo Sanda Sima give examples of how Indonesia and other countries are using technology to address the challenges of megacities. They later discus the urbanization trends in Indonesia and their potential impact. Nini Purwajati is a senior program manager with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) Asia Pacific…

Economic Diversification in Oman

Like other GCC states, Oman is working to diversify its economy and is engaged in a plan to achieve this goal. Khalid Alharibi and Fatma Abduljalil Moosa discuss Oman’s progress toward this goal. They further discuss how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will play a role in Oman’s economic future. Khalid Alharibi is the…

Implications of American-produced Oil and Gas on the GCC Economies

The increase in American capacity for oil and gas production in recent years has positioned the United States to become a net exporter of these resources by 2020. This has the potential for significant geopolitical implications, particularly for GCC economies as they work to diversify their economies away from the energy sector. Samantha Gross discusses…

Fashion Beyond Borders: Project Peace Runway

Peace Runway is a project by Women’s Digital League in partnership with Aghaez Professional Services and supported by Hollings Center for International Dialogue and US Embassy Kabul. For more information on the project: http://peacerunway.com. Peace Runway was attended by over 130 people from different walks of life ranging from media personnel, to MNC professionals, bureaucrats, individuals…