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Turkey's Role in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Turkey is struggling to balance Ukraine on the one hand, with which it has been developing lucrative economic and military ties; and Russia on the other, which is a critical supplier of natural gas and a significant trade and security partner. Complicating this balancing act even further are Turkey’s commitments to NATO, juxtaposed with President […]

The Importance of Civil Society in a Democracy - Zainab Al-Suwaij

The Hollings Center recently hosted Zainab Al-Suwaij at a public event at its office in Istanbul. Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and has been its executive director since AIC’s inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Zainab left her teaching position at Yale to launch […]

Afghanistan's Transition - A Critical Approach

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31st, many questions remain about the future of Afghanistan and its relations with the international community. The takeover by the Taliban has implications for the country's internal stability and security, as well as for neighboring countries and beyond. What went wrong? What should we expect in Afghanistan next? What will be the global consequences of Afghanistan's transition? To discuss these issues and to look back on the current history of Afghanistan, the Young Professionals in International Relations talk series hosted Haluk Karadağ, assistant professor at Başkent University in Ankara, Turkey, on September 15, 2021.

Iran's Raisi Era

Iran held elections at a critical time in terms of itself, its region, and the balance of power in the world. Ibrahim Reisi, the former head of the Judiciary, who is a close circle of the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has become the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How can the […]

Youth, Peace and Security Nexus: Perceptions Toward Youth

From global climate change demonstrations and strikes to protests against ruling elites, corruption, and inequality, the world witnessed mass youth protests in the last year. Despite youth’s remarkable political mobilization, their messages are often devalued or ignored. This is mainly related with the contradictory perceptions of youth as being ‘troublemakers’ or ‘victims’, or ‘agents of […]

Social Movements in the United States and the Role of Media

The Young Professionals in International Relations talks series hosted Robert Rosenthal, executive producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, on September 28, 2020. Rosenthal spoke about the past and present of covering social movements in the United States, and the motivational, mobilizing power of information. Rosenthal touched on how the media of the past struggled […]

Food Security During COVID-19

The worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused various problems in the production of and access to food in Turkey. While the vacant supermarket shelves became the symbol of the panic created by the pandemic, food businesses and restaurants became the sector that felt the most negative economic effects of the epidemic.In the medium […]

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 […]

YPIR Series: Beyond Energy - Turkey and the New Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean

Tensions are high in the Eastern Mediterranean. Against the backdrop of natural gas discoveries and the persistent disputes over drilling rights, the geopolitical landscape of the Mediterranean has been shifting for a decade now. As regional states with shared interests rebalance, and alliances are reshuffled, Turkey’s political and military footprint grows more visible across the […]

COVID-19 Response in LDCs and Conflict Zones

Why are least developed countries (LDCs) and conflict zones particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic? Has there been adequate attention given to the needs of war-affected populations and LDCs during this crisis? Why is helping LDCs and war-affected communities particularly important in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic? To answer these questions and to […]

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