Podcast: Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera, a freelance journalist, gives input on the effectiveness of the U.S. New Silk Road strategy, offering a comparison to Chinese efforts towards regional integration in Central Asia.

Podcast: Shairbek Juraev

Shairbek Juraev, a political expert from Kyrgyzstan, explores barriers to regional cooperation both within Central Asia and in the broader region of South Asia.

Podcast: Moheb Mudessir

Moheb Mudessir, a BBC correspondent from the Afghan Service, discusses the importance of regional integration with Central Asia for Afghanistan’s economic success, especially as international aid is reduced post-2014.

Podcast: Farrukh Irnazarov

Farrukh Irnazarov, country director for the Central Asian Development Institute, gives input into the perspective of Central Asian republics and their views on a New Silk Road Strategy, offering recommendations to the US and other governments hoping to better integrate Afghanistan into Central Asia.

The Link Between Water and Food Security in the Middle East

Dr. Mutlu Özdoğan, of the University of Wisconsin, and Dr. Sezin İba Gürsoy, or Kirklareli University, discuss the link between water issues in the Middle East and long-term food security. They provide examples of example partnerships on food and water security and discuss how the region could better utilize data on water management to improve…