Episode 2: Megacities

Listen to Picking Up Where We Left Off on Megacities byPicking Up Where We Left Off on hearthis.at Our dialogue in July 2019 on Megacities covered the plethora of issues facing the world’s largest cities, such as energy and climate efficiency, the water-energy-food nexus, balancing urban heritage preservation with rejuvenation, and efficient and participatory urban…

Episode 1: New Media

Listen to Ep.1: Picking Up Where We Left Off on New Media byPicking Up Where We Left Off on hearthis.at      In early December 2019, as the world was just beginning to learn about COVID, the Hollings Center held a dialogue in Tunis on the New Media landscape in the Middle East and North…

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…

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…