The Hollings Center initiative on Collective & Human Security evaluates critical security issues, ranging from the challenges of extremism to regional conflict. The initiative aims to find proactive and positive solutions to these challenges.

 

Dialogues

Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa

The political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 is a terrain deeply hostile to nurturing the seeds of democracy planted so spectacularly just seven years prior during the momentous events of the Arab Uprisings. The region today seems characterized above all by violence, instability, social tension, renewed authoritarianism, and humanitarian crisis….

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…

Workable Solutions to Radicalization

Numerous studies and efforts seek to understand the conditions in which Da’esh ideology and message spreads, in other words the “root causes” of extremism. Despite these efforts, there is room for more dialogue regarding how communities, civil society, and state apparatuses deal with these root causes. Looking at community-based, local solutions to radicalization as well…

Protecting Cultural Heritage in Conflict: A Dialogue on Emergency Efforts

October 2015. For any observer of Taliban reign in Afghanistan, the images of the collapsing Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 must be emblematic of the high price of war and extremism on humankind’s common cultural past. Likewise, for the current generation that is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, the explosion of Palmyra…

Challenging Extremist Ideology, Propaganda and Messaging: Building the Counter-narrative

April 2015. Violent extremism has been a predominant regional and global security challenge for several decades, but in recent years, it has become more attractive to disenfranchised people all over the world. A combination of theology, political ideology and media savvy messaging make groups like Daesh, Al Qaeda and al Shabab relevant and uniquely positioned…


 

Video

Mai E’leimat on Grassroots Efforts for Counter-Radicalization

Mai E’leimat, Director of Research and Fundraising for Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, discusses the techniques used by her organization to promote counter-radicalization and offers advice for other organizations looking to accomplish similar goals. She also specifically discusses programs aimed at women.  

Rahma Dualeh on Violent Extremism in East Africa

Rahma Dualeh, the Director of Frontline Consult: African Solutions for African Challenges, discusses the international community’s response to extremist violence in East Africa. Specifically, she explains how violent extremism in East Africa differs from that of the Middle East, and offers suggestions for how the international community can tailor its response and resources to these…

Lia van Broekhoven on a Human Security Approach to CVE

Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of the Human Security Collective, addresses the question: “What is the human security approach to countering and preventing violent extremism?” She also discusses the potential roadblocks to using a human security framework to addressing violent extremism.  

Rabia Chaudry on American Muslim Identity

Rabia Chaudry, National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and President of Safe Nation Collaborative, discusses changes to American Muslim identity following 9/11. She discusses how the rapid need for American Muslims to answer for broad aspects of Islam created the “professional Muslim” and offers ideas for how Muslims in American can reclaim personal…

Ahmed Younis on Reform Among American Muslims

Ahmed Younis, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Chapman University and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice for the Paulo Freire Democratic Project, explains his view of the need for reform among Muslim Americans. Specifically, he discusses the need for increased religious literacy to create a modern, just Muslim identity amongst youth and the concept…

Key Strategies in Countering Extremism: Experiences from the MENA Region and Pakistan

April 30, 2015 Kadir Has University Manal Omar, Acting Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace and Shafqat Mehmood, Co-founder and Chairman of Paiman Alumni Trust gave a talk at Kadir Has University entitled Key Strategies in Countering Extremism: Experiences from the MENA Region and Pakistan. The event was co-organized by the Hollings…


 

Events & Other Projects

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…