If we aren't going to have a draft in any imaginable future, and if we aren't even going to enforce the Selective Service registration law -- the last prosecution took place in 1986 -- then it is time to get rid of draft registration.
Everyone who was older than, say, five, on November 22, 1963 has a story that begins, 'On the day that Kennedy was shot, I...' Those too young to remember it have filed away Kennedy's murder in their minds along with other national tragedies: the assassination of President Lincoln, the Hindenburg disaster, Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Titanic, the San Francisco earthquake.
Here we are over 50 years later once again talking about where we were when John Kennedy died. Rather than that, why don't we change the discussion?
Peace Corps volunteers Pat and Anne Linn were present at the death of four-year-old Koumba. Koumba's family had bed nets, but she was still infected. The clinic had medicine, but the family waited too long to bring her in.
Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.
Though completely admirable that many food entrepreneurs are driven to "do good" by "doing well" -- the product still needs to be delicious to sell. It's extremely challenging to achieve the balance between scrumptiousness and positive social impact (organic, fair trade, etc).
I remember once assuming that a "bucket-bath" required me to literally sit inside a tiny plastic bucket. Today, it's a no-brainer. One year ago, I cringed at the taste of Ethiopia's staple food, injera, but now I find myself craving it.
One of the things I love about blogging for The Huffington Post is that it gives me the opportunity to interview smart people with good ideas who have...
There is no way to reconcile these two immediate faces of America to millions of people across the world; the military and the Peace Corps will always serve their own distinctly different purposes and for many reasons it is better that it remain this way.
Serving my country was an inflection point--it set my life on a new course. A former Marine, I find myself in a constant pursuit of re-attaining the meaningfulness of those four years, chasing the feeling I had when my profession involved working in challenging conditions with teams of great people to solve big problems whose scope exceeded personal gain.
As we turn our collective attention to Syria, we must confront the need to provide humanitarian and peacekeeping aid in countries such as the CAR, whose plight may be visible to us only on Facebook, but whose conflicts could escalate regional instability that threatens an entire continent and beyond.
For some of us in the world today it can seem easy to make connections to others far from us. We travel widely and our young people, in and out of school, are making virtual and real journeys to other places and cultures.
Africa is a land of opportunity and promise for its people and for the people of the United States. There is incredible economic potential waiting to be or already being unleashed across the continent.
Social entrepreneurship is a high risk lifestyle. Axiomatically, a social entrepreneur should - indeed must - advocate for risk-taking status quo d...
Two weeks ago I stood in the Indian Treaty room of the Old Executive Office Building of the White House. In front of me stood 30 doctors and nurses reciting their oaths to become Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and embarking on a life-changing experience in Africa.
There is one thing I would absolutely change about my Peace Corps experience: accepting the default, anti-malarial drug, Lariam, which is known to cause serious, even long-lasting neurologic and psychiatric side effects.