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Water Diplomacy - Picking Up Where We Left Off

The Hollings Center explores the future of water diplomacy as a source of cooperation in MENA.

Cooperative Entrepreneurship - Picking Up Where We Left Off

The Hollings Center explores cooperative entrepreneurship models with guests Maru Bautista and Berkin Şafak Şener.

Episode 12: U.S.-Iraq Relations - Picking Up Where We Left Off

Listen to Picking Up Where We Left Off on US-Iraq Relations byPicking Up Where We Left Off on Synopsis: US-Iraq Relations Almost 20 years following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the country finds itself yet again at a crossroads. There have been recent struggles of forming a government under the shadow of persistent threats […]

Episode 11: Higher Education Internationalization - Picking Up Where We Left Off

Listen to Picking Up Where We Left Off on Higher Education Internationalization byPicking Up Where We Left Off on Synopsis: Higher Education Internationalization The number of students studying internationally topped more than 5.6 million in 2020. Yet, higher education internationalization encompasses much more than student mobility. It includes critical issues such as student and […]

Episode 10: China-MENA Relations - Picking Up Where We Left Off

The rise of China as an investor, financier and economic partner in MENA deserves closer attention. Learn more about China-MENA relations in our podcast.

Episode 9: Afghanistan - Picking Up Where We Left Off

The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, 2021, bringing an ignominious end to direct U.S. and international involvement in Afghanistan. What has emerged since is a dire picture: the Afghan economy has virtually collapsed, women have been systematically and sometimes violently suppressed, civil society has significantly deteriorated. All the while, whether and to what extent the international community needs to engage the Taliban remains an issue of debate. In the summer of 2021, the Center held a dialogue series entitled Crossroads: Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, that looked at the ties among these three countries ahead of the looming U.S. withdrawal. To pick up where those dialogues left off and discuss the plight of Afghanistan in the time since, Michael Carroll hosted Timor Sharan and Adam Weinstein in this most recent podcast episode.

Episode 8: Post-pandemic Economic Recovery - Picking Up Where We Left Off

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the longstanding macroeconomic woes of the Middle East and North Africa, such as high unemployment and inflation, supply chain problems and inequality were amplified. The economic shock of the pandemic was felt in distinct ways at the individual and household level in different countries around the region. We recently held a workshop in Istanbul to address what governments should prioritize in their economic recovery plans to address poverty, inflation, and labor market inequalities; and invite you to listen to two of the workshop participants as they pick up where that discussion left off.

Episode 7: The Future of Higher Education - Picking Up Where We Left Off

The use of technology in higher education for distance learning is hardly a new phenomenon. The effectiveness of online learning and instruction, and the possibilities of 'blended learning' have been a discussion focus in most of our higher education dialogues. Even before the pandemic, the use of internet and other technologies were putting higher education under new light. A 'perfect storm' occurred in March 2020 forcing higher education institutions away from physical campuses, which necessitated a fast transition to online instruction. As the shock of Covid-19 subsides, what will be left of this pandemic-era transformation in higher education? To answer this and many more questions around 'hybrid' and 'blended' higher education, Michael Carroll hosts Dr. Pankaj Mittal and Dr. Kelvin Thompson for the latest episode of Picking Up Where We Left Off.

Episode 6: US-Southeast Asia Ties - Picking Up Where We Left Off

In 2018, the Hollings Center held a dialogue conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, which brought together experts from Southeast Asia, China, and the US, to discuss U.S. ties with Southeast Asia from multiple angles. To pick up where that dialogue left off, guest host Sanem Güner spoke with Prashanth Parameswaran and Gatra Priyandita about how the United States can refurbish its policy vision for Southeast Asia on security, trade, and people-to-people relations for better cooperation on regional and global challenges.

Episode 5: Smart Cities - Picking Up Where We Left Off

Cities around the world increasingly use data and technology to improve urban infrastructure and to enhance the quality of life for their residents. The so-called 'smart' approach may be transformative in addressing systemic problems and improving the lives of citizens; but can smart cities be more equitable, fair, inclusive and sustainable? The Hollings Center held a dialogue meeting in 2020 entitled, 'Smart and Sustainable Cities' to address this question. In the year since the dialogue, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the potential positive outcomes of building “smart” as well as the concerns about unfettered application of data and technology. So, to pick up where that dialogue left off, Michael Carroll recently spoke with Jane Macfarlane about smart transportation research, policy and trends.

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