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Youth Political Engagement - Picking Up Where We Left Off

Explore how youth are revolutionizing politics and their impact on 2024 elections, from battling inequality to increasing youth political engagement.

Lessons in Disaster Resilience

Lessons in disaster resilience from Puerto Rico: hurricanes, financial crises, pandemics. Emphasize community resilience, proactive measures, and innovative solutions.

Post-Earthquake Morocco: Empowerment and Resilience

Houria Chouhab aids post-earthquake Morocco with tailored psychosocial programs for rural areas, emphasizing team energy and holistic trauma recovery support.

Navigating Aid Divergence in Conflict Zones

Strategies for navigating aid divergence in conflict zones: go local, small, technical. Collaborate with locals for impact.

MENA Information Challenges

Civil society in MENA faces challenges countering digital authoritarian practices and disinformation, requiring support. Tamara Kharroub explains.

Implications of Safe City Projects

Discover implications of Safe City projects, like surveillance and democratic implications. Why is transparency in such technologies needed?

Gender Dimension of Pakistan's Security

In a recent study for UN Women, Dr. Simbal Khan carried out a comprehensive analysis of the gender dimension of Pakistan's security policies.

The Importance of Civil Society in a Democracy - Zainab Al-Suwaij

The Hollings Center recently hosted Zainab Al-Suwaij at a public event at its office in Istanbul. Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and has been its executive director since AIC’s inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Zainab left her teaching position at Yale to launch […]

Afghanistan's Transition - A Critical Approach

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31st, many questions remain about the future of Afghanistan and its relations with the international community. The takeover by the Taliban has implications for the country's internal stability and security, as well as for neighboring countries and beyond. What went wrong? What should we expect in Afghanistan next? What will be the global consequences of Afghanistan's transition? To discuss these issues and to look back on the current history of Afghanistan, the Young Professionals in International Relations talk series hosted Haluk Karadağ, assistant professor at Başkent University in Ankara, Turkey, on September 15, 2021.

Youth, Peace and Security Nexus: Perceptions Toward Youth

From global climate change demonstrations and strikes to protests against ruling elites, corruption, and inequality, the world witnessed mass youth protests in the last year. Despite youth’s remarkable political mobilization, their messages are often devalued or ignored. This is mainly related with the contradictory perceptions of youth as being ‘troublemakers’ or ‘victims’, or ‘agents of […]

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