Hollings Center Regional Policy Dialogues cover consequential and challenging topics that link Muslim-majority nations and the United States. Dialogues center on subjects that are critically relevant yet under-discussed in the public sphere. Participants have included a broad spectrum of government officials, experts on domestic and foreign policy, academics, economists, civil society leaders and practitioners.

 

Dialogues

Crossroads: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States

From 2017 to 2019, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue hosted the Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit, a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to foster business, education, and civil society connections between the two countries. Following the Doha Agreement in February 2020 and the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. forces by mid-2021, the…

Emerging Forms of Islamic Civil Society in Central Asia

Although levels of religiosity vary, over eighty five percent of Central Asians self-identify as Muslim, with the vast majority adhering to the Sunni Hanafi school of jurisprudence and over 100,000 Pamiris in Tajikistan following Shia Isma’ilism. Almost 30 years after the end of the Soviet Union, many Central Asians, in particular the younger generation, are…

Smart and Sustainable Cities

The increased use of data and technology by cities around the world to improve urban infrastructure and to enhance the quality of life for their residents has led to innovative solutions to municipal challenges, while also raising questions on how to best create an inclusive social and economic infrastructure. Proponents of developing strategies for integrating…

Charting the New Media Landscape

The way we receive information—whether it is the news, data about our surroundings, commercial information, or simply personal communication—has drastically changed with the permeation of internet and digital technologies into our daily lives. The rise of social media platforms has radically altered how we consume information and news throughout the world, for better or worse….

Economic Diversification in the GCC

In all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries[1], the bulk of government revenues comes from hydrocarbons. Despite the recent rise in the price of oil, some countries in the GCC face a harsh economic outlook due to unemployment, high debt levels, and strained financial markets. In addition to the socioeconomic challenges, GCC countries are likely…

The Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance, and Development Choices

Food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is viewed as one contributing factor in catalyzing conflicts in the region as well as perpetuating multiple humanitarian crises. The MENA region is the largest importer of food in the world, accounting for nearly 1/3rd of global cereal imports.  Rising prices in staple foods…

Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa

The political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 is a terrain deeply hostile to nurturing the seeds of democracy planted so spectacularly just seven years prior during the momentous events of the Arab Uprisings. The region today seems characterized above all by violence, instability, social tension, renewed authoritarianism, and humanitarian crisis….

Profits to Peace: The Role of Business in Promoting Positive Peace

The Middle East and North Africa region urgently needs ethical and sustainable solutions for the plethora of challenges it faces, including the pressure of displaced populations, growing unemployment, armed conflict, environmental concerns, and lack of food or water security. Multiple previous Hollings Center dialogue programs have noted the important need for sustainable economic growth and…


Video

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…

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: At a Crossroads?

Some have said that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan is at a crossroads with the imminent withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan. What opportunities and challenges will this create for future relations between the two countries? Sadia Sulaiman is an assistant professor at the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South…

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: At a Crossroads?

Some have said that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan is at a crossroads with the imminent withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan. What opportunities and challenges will this create for future relations between the two countries? Michael Kugelman is the Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the…

Podcast: Emerging Forms of Islamic Civil Society (Part I & II)

This two-part podcast series is part of a Regional Policy Dialogue organized in early 2021 by the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, in cooperation with the European Neighbourhood Council, and with the support of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue. Held over February and March 2021, the organizers gathered together a group of experts,…

Podcast: The Covid-19 and Political Transition in Kyrgyzstan

This program is the second in a series of podcasts on Central Asian international relations that aims to discuss key events and developments in the region and in its engagement with the world.  The podcast is part of a project by Dr. Eric McGlinchey and Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev on debating the region’s relationships.  The podcast…

Podcast: Issues in Central Asia’s International Relations

This program is the first in a series of podcasts on Central Asian international relations that aims to discuss key events and developments in the region and in its engagement with the world.  The podcast is part of a project by Dr. Eric McGlinchey and Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev on debating the region’s relationships.  The podcast…


 

Events & Other Projects

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…

Reconciling Deep Reforms with Political Pluralism

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue embarked on a project in 2017 entitled ‘Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa’. To better understand how the next generation in the Middle East and North Africa are thinking about and engaging questions around political pluralism, the project brought together a group of civil society leaders,…

Amazing Pakistan : Amazing Afghanistan

The Hollings Center supported a photography competition and two exhibitions held in Lahore, Pakistan and Kabul, Afghanistan, entitled Amazing Pakistan : Amazing Afghanistan, through a grant received by the United States Embassy Kabul. The project aimed to build trust, mutual respect, and to promote commonalities between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the medium of photography. Photographers…

Making Sense of Russia’s Syria Intervention

The Hollings Center and PONARS Eurasia organized a panel on February 5, 2016 entitled Making Sense of Russia’s Syria Intervention. The panel brought together local experts and speakers from Turkey, the US, Russia, and Armenia to discuss why Russia intervened in Syria, what it expects from this action, and what the implications are for its…

Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict

The deliberate targeting of cultural heritage in times of war and conflict is damaging on many levels: it robs countries of their past and impoverishes our shared heritage. What actions can be taken to mitigate the destruction? On October 15, 2015, the Hollings Center hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict” to…