Out of Harm’s Way? Perspectives of the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Afghanistan

September 2016. Noah Coburn and Timor Sharan As the United States has drawn down the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan and the amount of internationally funded programs has similarly decreased, Afghans who worked as interpreters for the military or other U.S. government projects have been left in grave danger, as they and their families…

Small Grantee Feature: Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education

March 28, 2016 Interview with Amal Elobeidi, participant in Hollings Center small grant project Last spring, two participants from the Hollings Center’s dialogue conference, “Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education,” completed a small grant project that brought two Libyan academics to Pomona College in California. The trip aimed to build linkages between Libyan and American…

Boğaziçi University

Higher Education Policies and Overeducation in Turkey

March 2016. In Spring of 2015, the Hollings Center organized a conference entitled, Bridging the Disconnect Between Education and the Economy, exploring the breakdown between higher education and the labor market. Out of this conference, we supported a small grant for two participants to explore this phenomenon in greater depth in the context of Turkey…

Following the New Silk Road

This article includes a series of expert podcasts collected by Erica Marat and Myles Smith. To listen to the podcasts in full, click on the hyperlinked names of participants quoted in the article below. With this year’s withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan, the future of regional security in Central Asia remains uncertain….

Chinese Investment in Kazakhstan

When it comes to China and Kazakhstan, it is fair to say that the bilateral relationship is not one of the most discussed or well-known in global politics.  Given Kazakhstan’s role as a major global energy provider and U.S. engagement in the region, the subject deserves more attention.  In February 2013, Ned Conway (PWC), Alexander Cooley (Barnard College/Columbia University)…