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The Water Energy Food Nexus: An Integrated Approach to the Middle East Water Challenge

May 2016. The Middle East and North Africa region faces growing pressure on its water systems due to population growth, socio-economic development, security issues, urbanization, and environmental degradation. Some of these issues were discussed during the Hollings Center’s May 2014 dialogue conference, High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge. The dialogue, which was…


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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? …

Foreign Policy and Competing Mediation in the Middle East and Central Asia

July 2012 The political upheavals in the Middle East have shifted the foreign policy landscape in the region.  States like Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are implementing assertive foreign policies in a region that was arguably dominated for decades by U.S. foreign policy. What comparative advantages do aspiring regional powers have?  Will they compete with…

Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia

February 2012 This dialogue invited participants representing a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including educators, institute directors, academics, documentary filmmakers, museum curators, government officials and civil society leaders from the US, Middle East, and Central Asia to think collectively about methodological and ethical issues in oral history and to share their experiences. It explored how…

The Economies of the Arab Spring

October 2011 Until recently, the economic dimensions of the Arab Spring have played second fiddle to high-order political issues.  Policymakers and pundits have focused much more on the posturing of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt or on debating whether an Nahda will upend the secular order in Tunisia.  Less attention…

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…


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Independent Universities in the Muslim World: A New Approach, Part I

December 2005 This path-breaking dialogue examined the establishment of independent universities in predominantly Muslim countries, the challenges these institutions face and the possibilities for partnership with American universities.  Conference participants included prominent educators and higher education officials from independent colleges and universities in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the…

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Cultural Heritage and Current Reality

May 2005 In the midst of heightened violence, the Hollings Center convened prominent scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States to discuss the exceedingly difficult yet promising relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Sessions focused on the sources of conflict between the two neighbors and generated ideas for dispute resolution and cooperation.