U.S.-Southeast Asia: Building Strategic Relationships

American attention in the Pacific region has shifted to northeast Asia because trade and security disputes with China and North Korea have become the focal point of U.S. foreign policy in the region. As a result, Southeast Asia has received secondary attention from the United States and may even be considered through the lens of…

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…

Decoding Perceptions in U.S.-Turkey Relations

November 2013. Perceptions have weighed heavily on U.S.-Turkey relations and how American and Turkish publics see one another. Despite an often robust bilateral relationship with the US, Turkish public opinion has always been skeptical of U.S. involvement in Turkey and the Middle East. On both sides, public opinion matters when making policy, especially when the…

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…

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,…