Hollings Center Bilateral Relations Dialogues cover consequential and challenging topics that link Muslim-majority nations and the United States. Dialogues center on looking for beneficial areas of partnership between the US and specific countries and regions.

 

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…

The Future of Afghan-U.S. Relations: Development, Investment, and Cultural Exchange

May 2011. Afghan-U.S. relations are entering a new and uncertain period.  The sole certainty is that the United States is anticipating a less intensive, less costly involvement.  What can the United States hope to achieve in partnership with Afghanistan in the coming years?  Can development, investment, and cultural initiatives be sustained under continued insecurity?  How…

Iran and the Future of Turkey-U.S. Relations (October 2010)

The U.S. and Turkey seem to have adopted incompatible positions on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its greater role in the Middle East.  Participants sought to explore whether Iran will act as an obstacle or opportunity when it comes to closer Turkey-U.S. cooperation in the region.  Participants probed each country’s foreign policy toward Iran, Iran’s domestic…

The Future of Turkey-U.S. Relations: Prospects for Cooperation in the Middle East (May 2010)

Turkey and the United States are increasingly engaged in the Middle East but with policies that seemingly diverge.  This dialogue sought to understand the U.S. and Turkish foreign policies and proposed ways to enhance Turkish-American cooperation across fraught regional issues.  Participants discussed a number of Middle East issues that affect US-Turkish relations: the Iranian nuclear…

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An International Dialogue on Progress and Challenges

October 2009. This dialogue focused on the most recent trends and innovations in evaluation and quality assurance.  The dialogue examined quality assurance from different national, cultural, and institutional perspectives, bringing together university presidents, government officials, and higher education experts from the Middle East and North Africa, Southwest and Southeast Asia, Turkey and the United States.

The Future of U.S.–Egypt Relations: A Next-Generation Dialogue, Part II

July 2009. As a follow-up to the May 2009 dialogue, participants discussed changes in Egypt and how to reshape U.S. aid to Egypt, broaden economic ties, support effective political reform and increase educational and cultural exchange.  As in the previous dialogue, a group of Egyptian and American NGO and business leaders, diplomats, foreign policy experts,…

The Future of U.S.–Egypt Relations: A Next-Generation Dialogue, Part I (May 2009)

In order to assess the history, current state, and future course of Egypt-U.S. relations, dialogue participants debated the 30-year history of the strategic relationship between Egypt and the United States.  Participants discussed the role of the United States in promoting democracy and human rights in Egypt, the impact of economic aid and the influence of…


 

Video

Food for Diplomacy USA

On September, 29, 2015, the Hollings Center partnered with the Lifelong Learning Center at Kadir Has University to hold an event entitled Food for Diplomacy USA. This event followed-up on the Center’s next generation dialogue, Decoding Perceptions in U.S.-Turkey Relations held in fall of 2013.  The event was held as part of the Lifelong Learning…

Carter Malkasian on U.S. Role in Afghanistan

Dr. Carter Malkasian, Principal Research Scientist at CNA Corporation, discusses the U.S. role in Afghanistan’s transformation and explores how Afghans perceive changes in the Afghan-U.S. relationship.  

The Role of Energy in U.S.-Turkey Relations

Ceren Aydemir discusses the role of energy in Turkey-U.S. relations and potential areas for cooperation between the two nations. She provides examples of new possibilities for partnership between the US and Turkey on energy issues, including on renewable energy and natural gas, and how the potential for the US to influence Turkey’s relations with its…


 

Events & Other Projects

Afghanistan: The Next Generation of Scholars

Understanding Afghanistan has been a critical need over the past two decades and will continue to be important in the coming years.  Yet, the necessary scholarship that can provide better understanding of the country remained underdeveloped both within and outside the country for decades. With the exception of a brief open period between 1960 and…

Podcast: Noah Coburn

Noah Coburn discusses the key takeaways from research conducted through a Hollings Center small grant on the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which provides visas for Afghans that worked as translators with the U.S. military or on U.S-funded projects and now find themselves in danger.  

Out of Harm’s Way? Perspectives of the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Afghanistan

September 2016. Noah Coburn and Timor Sharan As the United States has drawn down the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan and the amount of internationally funded programs has similarly decreased, Afghans who worked as interpreters for the military or other U.S. government projects have been left in grave danger, as they and their families…

A Look Back at the 2008 U.S.-Iran Higher Education Dialogue

September 2012. Diplomatic tension between Iran and the United States make it easy to forget the cautious optimism that characterized relations in 2008. When President Obama took office, one of his foreign policy aims was re-engaging with Iran. During this period, the Hollings Center, with the University of Birmingham, organized a conference entitled, “American Studies…