The Hollings Center’s Next Generation Dialogue series connects a rising generation of experts and professionals across Muslim-majority countries with their American counterparts. The goal is to cultivate cooperative, innovative thinking on crucial issues.  The Hollings Center has organized Next-Generation dialogues on Turkey, Egypt, and Afghanistan that bring together academics, journalists, civil society leaders, businesspeople, and government officials.

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Afghanistan 2015: From Transition to Transformation

August 2015. As the international community continues to transfer security, governance and economic responsibilities to the Afghan government, challenges abound for political and civil leadership in Afghanistan. While a small number of troops remain, 2014 was largely seen as the “transition” point for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as Afghan military forces took over…

Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges

February 2013 Iraq is in a critical stage of political and economic development, and its growing potential as a regional lynchpin runs alongside great domestic uncertainty, divisions and soul-searching about where the country is headed. Where is Iraq headed as a nation, and what can next-generation Iraqi leaders do to bridge regional and sectarian divisions? …

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…