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

Middle East and U.S. Relations with the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa in recent years has attracted the attention of new global actors such as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and other Gulf states, due to its growing markets, vast natural resources, and geostrategic importance. Non-state actors from the Middle East have also taken an interest in Africa by establishing religious and…

Workable Solutions to Radicalization

Numerous studies and efforts seek to understand the conditions in which Da’esh ideology and message spreads, in other words the “root causes” of extremism. Despite these efforts, there is room for more dialogue regarding how communities, civil society, and state apparatuses deal with these root causes. Looking at community-based, local solutions to radicalization as well…

The Water Energy Food Nexus: An Integrated Approach to the Middle East Water Challenge

The Middle East and North Africa region faces growing pressure on its water systems due to population growth, socio-economic development, security issues, urbanization, and environmental degradation. Some of these issues were discussed during the Hollings Center’s May 2014 dialogue conference, High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge. The dialogue, which was cosponsored by…

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Conflict: A Dialogue on Emergency Efforts

For any observer of Taliban reign in Afghanistan, the images of the collapsing Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 must be emblematic of the high price of war and extremism on humankind’s common cultural past. Likewise, for the current generation that is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, the explosion of Palmyra is an…

Kabul Urbanization

Afghanistan 2015: From Transition to Transformation

At the start of 2015, it became readily apparent that Afghanistan will undergo significant transformations in the coming years.  The United States referred to the year 2014 as a “transition” point for Afghanistan, as the International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) drawdown of forces shifted more of the security and economic responsibility to the Afghan government. …

Challenging Extremist Ideology, Propaganda and Messaging: Building the Counter-narrative

Violent extremism has been a predominant regional and global security challenge for several decades, but in recent years, it has become more attractive to disenfranchised people all over the world. A combination of theology, political ideology and media savvy messaging make groups like Daesh, Al Qaeda and al Shabab relevant and uniquely positioned to broadcast…

Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam

As corporate social responsibility (CSR) becomes widespread practice around the world, there are many questions surrounding its implementation in Muslim-majority nations. How has CSR evolved in different Muslim-majority nations and throughout the world? How do Islamic banking and transactions play a role? Can CSR support employability efforts, entrepreneurship, and job creation? How can CSR activities…

High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge

Often overshadowed by its political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, such as depleting water resources. Recognizing the need to find possible collective solutions, the Hollings Center and the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at the University of Central Florida convened a conference to address challenges…


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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…

Planning Megacities

Kazi K. Ashraf discusses how a megacity could be defined and the challenges that definition will create for urbanists in planning for megacities. Kazi K. Ashraf is an architect, urbanist and architectural historian. He received his master’s from MIT and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently director-general of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes…

Balancing Preservation with Growth in Megacities

Alex Armlovich discusses the issues surrounding growth and preservation in megacities. He outlines good examples of preserving culture, history, and environment, while dealing with the challenges posed by a megacities needs for growth and development. He further outlines the impact of gentrification on megacity diversity. Alex Armlovich is a fellow in state and local policy…

Technology and Megacities

Nina Purwajati and Biondo Sanda Sima give examples of how Indonesia and other countries are using technology to address the challenges of megacities. They later discus the urbanization trends in Indonesia and their potential impact. Nini Purwajati is a senior program manager with 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) Asia Pacific…

Economic Diversification in Oman

Like other GCC states, Oman is working to diversify its economy and is engaged in a plan to achieve this goal. Khalid Alharibi and Fatma Abduljalil Moosa discuss Oman’s progress toward this goal. They further discuss how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will play a role in Oman’s economic future. Khalid Alharibi is the…

Implications of American-produced Oil and Gas on the GCC Economies

The increase in American capacity for oil and gas production in recent years has positioned the United States to become a net exporter of these resources by 2020. This has the potential for significant geopolitical implications, particularly for GCC economies as they work to diversify their economies away from the energy sector. Samantha Gross discusses…


 

Events & Other Projects

U.S. Policy in Central and South Asia: Vision Meets Reality

On September 29, the Hollings Center organized a policy round table at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University. It featured policy practitioners, academics, and government representatives. Speakers included Sumona Guha from the Office of the Secretary of State of the U.S. Department of State; George Gavrilis, a Visiting Research Scholar,…

Key Strategies in Countering Extremism: Experiences from the MENA Region and Pakistan

April 30, 2015 Kadir Has University Manal Omar, Acting Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace and Shafqat Mehmood, Co-founder and Chairman of Paiman Alumni Trust gave a talk at Kadir Has University entitled Key Strategies in Countering Extremism: Experiences from the MENA Region and Pakistan. The event was co-organized by the Hollings…

The Iranian Election Results and their Wider Implications

June 17, 2013 Kadir Has University, Istanbul By Aslı Mutlu, Program Coordinator Please click here for a printer friendly PDF version of this page. The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) co-organized a panel discussion on the “Iranian Election Results of 14 June and their Wider Implications” as part of…

A Discussion on the Latest Developments in Iraq and Syria

A Discussion on the Lastest Developments in Iraq and Syria Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) co-organized a workshop on Iraq and Syria, featuring Harith al Qarawee, scholar and writer from Iraq and Randa Slim, a Lebanese-American…

Syria and the Regional Implications of the Crisis

Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. The conflict in Syria is rapidly approaching the two-year mark, with no lasting cease-fire or negotiated settlement in sight. As the death toll continues to climb and the prolonged suffering of the Syrian people becomes more certain, questions abound about the ramifications of the…

Effects and Consequences of the Arab Spring

What kind of weather will the Arab Spring bring to the Middle East? Lara Friedman, director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now April 15, 2011 In collaboration with Kadir Has University International Relations Department and the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) What are the commonalities and differences among the…