Diplomacy+SocialGood: The Future of Diplomacy

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Written by Chrisella Herzog, Managing Editor

Welcome to Around the World! This week we feature an analysis of the sanctions on Russia, a look at how climate change and energy issues are affecting the European Parliament elections, and a week of living on $1.50 per day.


Diplomacy+SocialGood: The Future of Diplomacy

Diplomacy+Social Good: The Future of Diplomacy

Technology has changed everything—from the way we consume and create news to the way nations conduct diplomacy and create foreign policy. Or has it? Read more about it here.


Targeted Sanctions on Russia Will Work, But Mostly for Vladimir Putin

Targeted Sanctions on Russia Will Work, But Mostly for Vladimir Putin

The two rounds of sanctions implemented against Russia are more about saving face in the short term than they are about creating costs for Moscow. Ultimately, they are necessary but counterproductive. Read more about it here.


European Parliament Candidates Must Choose Energy and Climate to Be Chosen Themselves

European Parliament Candidates Must Choose Energy and Climate to Be Chosen Themselves

Seasonably abnormal and adverse weather in many parts of Europe has highlighted once again that climate change is an issue that must be taken seriously, and this concern is echoing throughout the European Parliament elections. Read more about it here.


Saudi Arabia’s Sectarian Policies Behind Resurgence of Al Qaida in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s Sectarian Policies Behind Resurgence of Al Qaida in Iraq

More than two years after the U.S. withdrawal and nearly a decade after the U.S. forces ousted Al Qaida in Iraq (AQI) from Fallujahh, Iraq is still grappling with an escalating sectarian crisis between the Shia-led government, but also an increasingly disaffected Sunni minority. Read more about it here.


Live Below the Line: Living on $1.50 per Day

Live Below the Line: Living on $1.50 per Day

What is it like living in extreme poverty? Our managing editor Chrisella Herzog is taking the Live Below the Line challenge this week to find out, and blogging each day about it. Read more about it here.


Around the Web

Two years ago, polio was nearly eradicated. But today it is on the rise again, as three countries in particular—Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon—have allowed their population to go unvaccinated. As people leave those countries and travel abroad, polio is coming with them. Ten countries have found infected individuals or strains of the virus within their borders: Pakistan, Syria, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Israel, Nigeria, and Somalia.

This Week in History

1994: South Africa’s newly elected parliament choses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president.