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,…

Dialogue on Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

May 2017. Athens, Greece The Hollings Center supported a meeting of experts on Eastern Mediterranean[1] security, organized in Athens by the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University, in May 2017. Participants included academics, researchers, and professionals of non-governmental organizations from Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel. The discussions in this…

Savoring Syria: Documenting the Syrian Kitchen in Exile

June 3, 2016 As Syrian refugees resettle throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, they often struggle to preserve the intangible cultural heritage that ties them to their identities. Yearning for a taste of home, the Syrian diaspora accesses this heritage through reestablishing culinary traditions and recreating the tastes of home in kitchens…

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…

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…