Hollings Center events include private and public roundtables, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities. Events take place in the United States, Turkey, and other countries throughout the world in coordination with partner organizations. These serve as opportunities to bring dialogue conference outcomes to a broader audience and look at specific outcomes with greater specificity. These events reinforce and expand networks and promote new thinking to a broader audience of professionals, researchers, journalists, and policy makers.

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…

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…

Youth, Peace and Security Nexus: Perceptions Toward Youth

From global climate change demonstrations and strikes to protests against ruling elites, corruption, and inequality, the world witnessed mass youth protests in the last year. Despite youth’s remarkable political mobilization, their messages are often devalued or ignored. This is mainly related with the contradictory perceptions of youth as being ‘troublemakers’ or ‘victims’, or ‘agents of…