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…

imPACT Conference Highlights

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) in partnership with AGHAEZ professional services, hosted the impACT Islamabad International Conference, a three day conference that provided an open platform to budding social entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Pakistan to learn from each other and co-design projects with traditional stakeholders to support the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)….

Political Pluralism in Tunisia: Reconciling Deep Reforms with Stability

On October 9, 2018, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, in cooperation with partners Solidar Tunisia and the Jasmine Foundation, hosted a regional report launch for its Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa initiative. The following video features the keynote address and highlights of the first panel that morning. Participants include: Moderator:…

Prospects for Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa

On October 9, 2018, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, in cooperation with partners Solidar Tunisia and the Jasmine Foundation, hosted a regional report launch for its Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa initiative. The following video features the keynote address and highlights of the first panel that morning. Participants include: Keynote…