- By Chrisella Sagers Herzog
Welcome to Around the World! This week we feature a discussion on Edward Snowden and the NSA, a look at higher education in Nigeria, and more.
|Interview: Joshua Foust, National Security Expert/Freelance Journalist
What does the NSA spying scandal mean for the state of intelligence in the United States? Is Edward Snowden a hero, or a traitor? The Diplomatic Courier sat down with Joshua Foust, freelance journalist and national security expert, in a special video interview. Watch the interview here!
|Putin’s Russia vs. a Russians’ Russia
Russia needs a change, a modernization, and creative decision-making. The country’s diminishing role on the global stagewill no longer be tolerated by the Russian people. They do not need Russia’s Putin and Putin’s Russia any more–they need a Russians’ Russia. Read more about it here.
|Avoiding the Middle Income Trap in China
The Chinese Communist Party has a vested interest in rapid growth. However, the rapid growth the country has seen since reform in 1979 cannot propel China through the dreaded “middle-income trap.” Read more about it here.
|Who Benefits? Nigeria Jeopardizes the Future to Further Arguments of the Past
All is quiet at the University of Igbere in Abia State, Nigeria. And tragically, it need not be. Though shelves are stocked and classrooms are fully furnished, the grounds at Igbere in southeast Nigeria lie eerily dormant. Read more about it here.
Around the Web
Are we all digital diplomats? Social media has given everyone a voice, and everyone can reach out across the globe. The Diplomatic Courier‘s Digital Diplomacy Forum attracted several thought-provoking discussions. We invite you to keep the conversation going at #DiplomacySM on Twitter!
This Week in History
1982: Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands. However, Argentina still lays claim to the Islas Malvinas, and efforts at diplomacy and negotiation over the status of the islands–and the citizens living there who claim British citizenship–have stalled.
1987: U.S. President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to divided Berlin, challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” His iconic speech is now–rightly or wrongly–credited by many as being one of the first cracks in the structure of the Soviet Union.