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Point-of-Care Testing: Bringing Antibiotic Stewardship to the Outpatient Setting

Although we are a long way from having a designated day recognizing acute respiratory infection prevention and awareness, respiratory tract infections come second in the global burden of disease rankings after heart disease and are the second most common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. But, unlike heart disease, acute respiratory tract symptoms account for the vast majority of antibiotic prescriptions. Unfortunately, most of these antibiotic scripts are given empirically, without the proper medical evidence, and are thus unnecessary.

The Human Factor Required to Feed the World

In the US and around the world, job creation has been and continues to be a major focal point of education policy discussions. With unemployment reaching 30-year highs during the Great Recession, this focus seems warranted. As the US and global economies have pulled out of recession and begun to soar, we must not lose sight of the driving force behind the innovation that ensures economic prosperity: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As a planet, we will confront challenges in the coming decades that will require unprecedented innovation and we need the best and the brightest among us to take on these challenges. We need more STEM graduates to ensure a bright future for generations to come.

Culinary Diplomacy: Building Global Ties through Cuisine

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to participate in the largest U.S. investment summit ever convened, Select USA. Investment delegations from over 70 international markets intermingled with U.S. business representatives all in the name of doing business, building strong networks and creating jobs.

The Legacy of the Summit of the Americas: Achieving Prosperity with Equality

The historic 2015 Summit of the Americas—which included Cuba for the first time—marked the beginning of a much-needed discussion for the countries of our hemisphere: how can we work together to ensure more prosperous and equitable societies? Economic growth and prosperity that privileges exclusively a few people is not only an extremely unfair situation; it also leads to political and social instability that, at the end of the day, affects our societies as a whole. In this sense, the urgency of generating “prosperity with equality”, the theme of the Summit, has become an imperative for all its participants.

Washington Neglects Paramilitaries in Nuclear Talks with Iran

Just one week after diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland packed their bags for the long flight home, believing they had scored a decisive victory at the end of marathon nuclear talks with Iran, disagreement emerged over the key takeaways of the resulting Joint Plan of Action. On Thursday, April 9th, Iran released a set of talking points almost perpendicular to a State Department fact sheet sent out a week previously. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei played up the discrepancy, calling for an immediate cessation of sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program while offering no concessions of his own. Just hours earlier, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan rejected the notion that a consensus had been reached at Lausanne, repudiating claims that military site inspections were on the table.

Ukraine Needs “Decentralization” Not “De-communization”

As Russia gears up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War (or as we call in the West, World War II) on May 9, Ukraine’s government seems intent on stirring the pot, with plans to complete the “de-communization” of Ukraine by the Victory Day deadline. The law passed by the Rada on April 9 outlaws communist symbols and elevates controversial anti-Soviet fighters to “national hero” status. What started off as an effort to banish undesired political opponents and bring down statues of Vladimir Lenin and other communist leaders, now appears to have turned into yet another witch-hunt that can only lead to further polarization.

Rebalancing Europe: The role of the U.S.

The dynamic interplay between economic and security issues in Europe pose fundamental challenges for the future of the EU. The role of the US proves to be of crucial importance in order for the risk to subside and avert symptoms of a deconstructing Europe. At a time when both EU debtor and creditor countries have been entrapped into a partnership-in-debt that is very difficult to break apart without inflicting mutual damage, the study of both history and international relations reveals that geopolitical matters take precedence over macroeconomic issues. The US strategy for successfully managing EU’s debt crisis in a far from straightforward deteriorating security environment underscore the beginning of a new era in Europe’s economic and security affairs. That being said, as a consequence of the Ukraine crisis, Europe finds itself well positioned as a meeting point between: a) the US quest for developing a solid and durable rebalancing strategy to Asia and all that goes with it for progressively allowing America’s measured disengagement from Europe to take off, b) the necessity of establishing a functional balance of power in Europe to preserve EU’s integration process and deter Russia's new assertiveness, c) the importance of Germany’s regional containment through the emergence of a tripartite partnership with France and Poland under the US security umbrella.

A World of Words: Good Translation and International Diplomacy

Ever wonder just how much lies on the shoulders of those hardworking translators whispering between two world leaders, struggling to make sure they understand one another’s weighty words? One wrong phrase, and, oops, you’ve caused an international incident.

Forty Years After the Vietnam War: Why the US Needs to Pay More Attention to Southeast Asia

Forty years ago, Darwin Judge, 19, and Charles McMahon, 21, were killed in a rocket attack in Saigon, Vietnam. They were the last two Americans killed in action in the Vietnam War. Only four decades have passed since the U.S. Government last considered Southeast Asia such a critical region that nearly 60,000 American troops died endeavoring to stop communism from spreading to this part of the world. Yet today, the U.S. Government hardly recognizes the latent threats—and potential—that Southeast Asia possesses.

Britain’s Leaders: Too Much, Too Young

British voters are revolting. Next month’s general election is likely to deliver the coup de grâce to a two-party political system that has existed for almost a century. Why Britons are so disenchanted with their political class is a matter of much debate, but sublimated beneath it is a single, general annoyance: Britain’s party leaders are just too young.

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