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Andre Averbug | Posted 11.23.2015 | Good News
Andre Averbug

Battle between Mongol and Chinese armies, 1211, from Jami' al-tawarikh by Rashid al-Din (Bahatur). Let's turn off the TV for a second and get some pe...

ISIS Counter-strategy Requires a Strong Digital Offensive

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Bhaskar Chakravorti

After Paris, talk of countering ISIS is focusing on air vs ground vs rooting out "the enemy within" campaigns. We must not forget the digital arm of t...

Overcoming the Refugee Obstacle Course

Michael W. Doyle | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Michael W. Doyle

The obligation to provide protection for refugees is general and global: by all countries, for all refugees. Yet their movement across borders today is a perilous tangle of regulations that leave refugees and migrants unprotected, governments frustrated and their citizens outraged.

Huckabee's Ahistorical Israel Policy May Face Criticism -- From Reagan

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Dallin Van Leuven

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's August campaign trip to Israel challenged longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Stitching Korea Back Together

Jodie Evans | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Jodie Evans

Thirty peace activists from 15 countries arrived in Beijing on May 17th. I knew 11 of the women before arriving but most of the women knew maybe one or two others and a few knew no one.

Tighten the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Action Plan

Thomas F. McInerney | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Thomas F. McInerney

There are compelling reasons for updating and tightening the Action Plan, most notably the need to halt nuclear weapons modernization, adopt metrics to gauge progress, and improve cooperation between parties.  

An Open Letter to the President: A Legacy the World Needs

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Initiating and committing the full weight of the United States executive behind such a process would not only constitute the crowning foreign policy jewel in your legacy crown, but it just might also save ourselves from ourselves, too.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

The Top 6 Qualities to Unleash a Great Leader in You

Umesh Mukhi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Umesh Mukhi

In my career of international youth affairs, I have met many leaders and change makers who have accomplished something commendable in their lives and ...

Touring New York Arts and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

As these data demonstrate touring need and opportunity along the continuums of organizational budget sizes and lives in dance, some, such as American Dance Abroad, are already developing solutions for New York.

Is It Gluttony or Starvation That Is Killing 'Marriage' in the United States?

Laura Wellington | Posted 09.29.2014 | Divorce
Laura Wellington

With most marriages lasting a tad over twelve years presently (harboring four years of "separation" within and numerous concerted attempts at marriage counseling, marriage boot camp, marriage retreats, and reconciliation be damned), it is no wonder that marriage in the United States is on the decline

From Chaos, a New Security Order

Rhianna Tyson Kreger | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Rhianna Tyson Kreger

The ability to predict outcomes decreases as a system's complexity increases. If we have a gas in a container and remove 10 percent of its molecules, it is likely that we will observe little change: it will still remain gas in a container.

The Post-American Multiplex World

Amitav Acharya | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
Amitav Acharya

While elements of the old liberal order will survive, they will have to accommodate new actors and approaches that do not play to America's commands and preferences. The multiplex cinema is an apt analogy for today's post-American world. Several movies are running in different theaters within a single complex. Hollywood style includes thrillers and Westerns with violence, crime, ruggedness and heroism as prominent themes. Bollywood fare offers passion, tragedy, song and dance. Kung fu films produced in Hong Kong and Taiwan play next to patriotic and propaganda films from communist China. No single director or producer would monopolize the audience's attention or loyalty for long. The audience has a choice of shows.

The Disappointing U.S. Statement On Anti-Personnel Land Mines

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

It is past time for the United States to agree to a ban on the use of these indiscriminate weapons and to accede to the Ottawa Convention. The U.S. statement does not advance that outcome.

American Leadership in a World in Flux

Bruce Jones | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Jones

In every region, and at home, critics decry the lack of American leadership, and American withdrawal from the world stage. The narrative of American decline and withdrawal is becoming the conventional wisdom. But is it right?

Inside North Korea: Lessons for Diplomacy

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
Paul Heroux

Considering the culture and political atmosphere of North Korea, we need to ask: How could we even start to break the impasse with North Korea? There are several ideas.

Full of Sound and Fury: Unmasking Hassan Rouhani's True Intentions

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

For all the hope expressed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be a "moderate leader" and the antidote to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many remain leery as to the true intentions of the Islamic republic's leader.

John Celock

Foreign Lawmakers Say Congress Should 'Get Their House In Order' | John Celock | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women from four foreign governing bodies said Monday that they think Congress should come together to prevent a government shutdown, whi...

With NSA Surveillance, US Government May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

The internet has never been a perfect tool for advancing democracy and human rights. Despite the most optimistic techno-utopian projections, the inte...

'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?

Andreas Sandre | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Andreas Sandre

Because social media exponentially multiplies a message and its reach, mistakes often occur in sudden and unexpected fashion. This is why risk management needs to become part of a digital diplomacy strategy -- not just crisis communications.

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

A World Without A Moral Guidepost?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 01.17.2013 | World
Ian Bremmer

We live in a global political order that has become unmoored from the underlying trend of U.S.-led globalization. We have much less of a single moral guidepost and leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to act on their moral sensibilities.

5 Long-Term Trends the New Obama Cabinet Should Understand

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

The new Obama cabinet should focus on promoting improved migration policies in the countries forecasted to age most. Such policies would help these countries, which are now our major economic partners, to promote stability and growth in a way that's sustainable long into the future.

Haiti's Battle to Shake Off a Poor Reputation

Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien

For decades Haiti has fought a reputational battle against those in the international community and the media that portray Haiti as an eternally poor, ravaged nation unable to stand on its own feet, forever dominated by outside interests and without the ability to prosper.

The Axis of Indifference in the Media World

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.12.2012 | Media
Danny Schechter

In an age of globalization, as global news grows more important, it is covered less. The network challenge is how to appear to be covering the world without really covering it.