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My Trip to Cuba

Andy Schupak | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Andy Schupak

I remember visiting Cuba a few years ago and feeling like I had landed on another planet. But, contrary to what we read, Cuba did not appear to be an Orwellian nightmare.

Is It Always Right to Be Right? North Korea, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Our Global Diversity Dilemma

BJ Gallagher | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There once was a world where people were always right. They knew they were right, and they were proud of it. It was a world where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong."

I Learned Things I Wanted to Teach Others

Global Kids | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Tung Cheng, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids In high school, I wasn't into anything outside of family. I would ...

Tom Clancy, 'Full Force and Effect': A Talk With Mark Greaney

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Mark Greaney, co-author with the late Tom Clancy, of three previous Jack Ryan novels, now has written Full Force and Effect, a novel demonstrating prescience about world events.

US-Pakistan Relations: An Insight With Vali Nasr

Mariam Khan | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Mariam Khan

What is Pakistan's problem? Let us come back to that first. Pakistan needs to make its stature clear and work on the common interests which will be of essence be it trading or opening up safe and secure paths to foreign investments.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

Building Something Great

Global Kids | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Keri Arokium, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I learned about Global Kids in 9th grade in 1991. It was a diffi...

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.

Were Last Week's US-China Breakthroughs a Step Back?

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Kyle Hutzler

The US has the unique responsibility of ensuring China's successful integration into the global governance system. That at times may come into conflict with the more limited set of truly bilateral issues the US may have with China, either directly or in support of its allies.

It's About Making an Impact

Global Kids | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Money is important, but ultimately, it's about making an impact and personal fulfillment. For me, that comes from other people being fulfilled and feeling empowered.

Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

Pepe Escobar | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Pepe Escobar

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, however, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American elites refuse to accept that their historically brief "unipolar moment" is on the wane.

How I Stayed in College and Followed My Dreams

Global Kids | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Sabienne Brutus, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids As a freshman in high school, I was placed in the High School...

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Why Changing The World Is A Two-Step Process

Fast Company | Marcia Conner | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Despite a strong standard of living, a rising creative class, and an economy gaining strength, many of us feel worn-down, tired, frustrated, and wildl...

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

Common Purpose, Come Together

Martina Buchal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

Twenty-three young people were brought together by World Merit and Rise from all over the world to tackle two of the world's most pressing issues: Climate change and gender equality.

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.

Do Countries Experience an Increase in Military Aggression When They Go to the World Cup?

Andrew Bertoli | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Andrew Bertoli

My new study addresses the longstanding debate about whether international sporting events make countries more peaceful or violent. To tackle this que...

Russia and Australia Should Forge a Pragmatic Relationship

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

Forging independent relations with Russia that are premised on common mineral fortunes and knowledge exchange will likely provide more opportunity for galvanizing positive change in the Kremlin.

Consequences of the Truman Doctrine

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Wherever one stands on debates over the "proper" U.S. role in the world and contemporary geopolitical challenges, the antecedents are clear. After 1947 American national security--and foreign relations more broadly -- were no longer premised on a limited view of protecting the political and physical security of U.S. territory and citizens.

Iran Shows Openness To Improving Saudi Ties

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Wednesday appeared to welcome an offer by Saudi Arabia to thaw relations between the two countries, a day...

4 Activities College-Bound Students Should NOT Do This Summer

J.D. Rothman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Comedy
J.D. Rothman

It is no secret that the admissions committees are very concerned about what you do with your spare time -- be it volunteering with lepers in India or interning as a trapeze artist with Cirque du Soleil.

Will 2014 End up like 1914?

Larry Summers | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Economic success does not assure peace, but economic failure and disintegration almost assures conflict. It is incumbent on the leaders of the major nations of the world to figure out how to achieve more rapid and sustained economic growth. A commitment to maintain strength, to uphold the international order, is an inherent and deeply-seated part of any successful global system. Great powers can never bluff. When they bluff, when their intentions are uncertain, they are tested. When they are tested, questions arise, and the prospect of conflict mounts.