Our Speaker Series provides a way to dig deeper into issues that arise from a dialogue conference with a broader audience or to engage on current events. The Series, held both in Istanbul and Washington, D.C., has recently focused on summer 2013 events in Egypt, June 2013 presidential elections in Iran, and sectarian issues in Syria and Iraq.

Video: The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

On November 16, 2016, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue held a panel entitled, “The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus.” The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors. Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs,…

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…

YPIR Series: Noah Coburn on “Lesser Known Actors of the War in Afghanistan”

Noah Coburn, political anthropologist at Bennington College, presented his current ethnographic research on Nepalese contractor employees to members of the YPIR network. Coburn has been interviewing people from Nepal, Georgia and Turkey, who have worked for contractors in Afghanistan during or after the war. He shared with YPIR members the socioeconomic profiles of his interviewees,…

YPIR 2015 Year-End Review: Open Forum

Members of the Young Professionals in International Relations (YPIR) network gathered for an open forum at the end of the year to share their perspectives of the important international relations events of 2015. Participants included university professors and researchers, NGO members, academic journal editors, and diplomats. The main topics of the evening were the climate…