When thinking about the best institutions of higher education, visions of the Ivy League seem to dominate the imagination. But in a global age, how do these schools stack up vis-a-vis their international presence. For 2015, Times Higher Education has compiled a list of “The 100 most international universities in the world”. A subset of the overall World University Rankings, this list ranks universities from an “international outlook” perspective.
On January 7, the city of Paris was rocked by violence when masked gunmen laid siege to the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. The attack resulted in the death of 12 people, including 2 police officers. Hebdo had gained notoriety by previously publishing cartoons parodying Islam and the prophet Muhammad, similar to the controversy created by Dutch newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005. Drawing immediate worldwide attention, the devastating attack on the offices and staff of Charlie Hebdo has shocked the international community.
At the dawn of 2015, the world will witness the expiration of one of the most ambitious endeavors in the history of mankind: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Both governments and people will need to evaluate and determine the newest post-2015 development agenda, and what role one of the largest growing forces in society—youth—will have in this future.
Although focusing heavily on domestic issues such as job creation, education, and taxes, President Obama laid out significant foreign challenges in his penultimate State of the Union address. Speaking to the tumultuous climate in the Middle East, the president faces goals to withdraw troops, while simultaneously reacting to new threats, physical and digital.
Since its rise to power, the Islamic State (IS) has invaded and controlled western Iraq and eastern Syria with a clearly defined intention to establish and expand a caliphate. International human rights organization Amnesty International published a report on the mass abductions and killings of thousands of non-Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims, unequivocally recognized as an ethnic cleansing, and other crimes against humanity that have been carried out by Islamic militants.
The revolutions of the Arab Spring and recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong brought worldwide attention to the possibility of a resurgence of democratization. Unlike democratic revolutions of the past, these contemporary movements for political transition are increasingly aided by the use of technology and social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram enable political movements to project their cause across the world, gaining momentum and range at unprecedented rates. Because of its impactful, transformative potential, social media has become an indispensable tool in protests and revolutions, distinguishing today’s democratic movements from those only a few decades ago.
Reflecting on the three years since the Jasmine Revolution, Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, speaking at a recent event at the Council on Foreign Relations, praised Tunisia’s democratization, but acknowledged persistent security and economic challenges. Despite its small size, Tunisia plays an important role as a stable, democratic paradigm in an increasingly destabilized Arab world. In the upcoming November elections, Mr. Marzouki is optimistic the country will build upon its successes and position itself to address regional instability, terrorist threats, and domestic social and economic challenges.
"The nonprofit sector is critical to our dream of changing the world," said Dan Pallotta, founder and President of the Charity Defense Council, in a June 2013 TED Talk. "Yet there is no greater injustice than the double standard that exists between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. One gets to feast on marketing, risk-taking, capital and financial incentive, the other is sentenced to begging.”
At the beginning of September, heads of state, policymakers, and business leaders convened in Apia, Samoa for the United Nations' third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). With the slogan, “Island Voices, Global Choices,” conference participants sought to highlight the global consequences of small island issues.
In 2001, Argentina defaulted on an astounding $95 billion debt. Unable to repay the amount in full, Argentina struck a deal with lenders in 2005 and 2010 to restructure the debt. Ninety-three percent of all debt holders agreed to take a financial loss by trading in their bonds for new ones at a few cents on the dollar—at a 70 percent discount. However the remaining 7 percent of debt holders did not agree to the restructure, holding out for the full amount owed. These “holdouts,” as they have come to be known, are a group of U.S. hedge funds that buy debt on the verge of default at a discounted price, only to sue the debtor after it inevitably fails to repay the loan. Accordingly, NML Capital, a subsidiary of Elliott Management Corporation representing the collection of hedge funds, sued the state of Argentina in the U.S. District Court System for the full amount owed on the debt, plus interest.
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