Cooperators Without Borders

In honor of International Day of Cooperatives this July 7, the Center is pleased to report on a recent workshop held at its Istanbul headquarters in April 2018 in partnership with Genç İşi Kooperatif (Youth Deal Cooperative).  The workshop, titled “Cooperators Without Borders” brought together 22 social cooperative professionals from Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United…

Collaborative Opportunities for Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue, through a grant from Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, convened the second Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit in Istanbul, Turkey from May 4 -8, 2018. This year’s 23 participants included representatives from civil society, academia, media, and business. The objective of the summit was to promote…

Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Interview by George Gavrilis Please click here for a printer friendly PDF version of this page. Archaeology and the preservation of Afghanistan’s heritage is a subject that is generally absent from popular knowledge in the United States, even after more than a decade of deep U.S. involvement in the country. What knowledge exists in the public…

The Road Ahead for Iraq and Afghanistan

Julia Bunting, Communications and Administrative Coordinator  Please click here for a printer-friendly PDF version of this page. Following the recent U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, the American public’s attention is shifting away from more than a decade of overseas wars. In an attempt to bring closure to…

Beyond the Compound: U.S. Cultural Heritage Policy in Afghanistan

Joanie Meharry, independent scholar in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies In an isolated valley in Logar province, located about 25 miles south-east of Kabul, an armed convoy moves in to secure a makeshift landing pad. On board the helicopter is a group of American cultural specialists and international journalists coming from the U.S. Embassy in…