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Among Russia’s Exports to Its Neighbors Is Corruption

A number of countries in the former Soviet Union have made it clear that they have wanted no part of Russia since they became independent in 1991.

Putin’s Winning Propaganda Program

What Putin is doing is not new in the geo political world.  There is a word for it: “revanche.”   A policy of revanche is designed to recover lost territory and reverse territorial losses incurred by a country.  It is an age-old attempt to grab land under the hubris of patriotism.

Davos Women: Key Takeaways from Davos 2015

The 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum concluded on January 24 with yet another record setting year in number of heads of state and other influential participants in attendance, myriad of sessions ranging from cognitive science and future of robotics to global economic outlook and taking stake of the multiplying political risks hotspot around the world.

The Status of Women and Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World

“Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo—not neglecting it” -Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women

Attracting Women to Tech Careers: NPower’s Perspective

You don’t need to hear the statistics. You see it yourself. Your high-school son, a solid math and science student, plays games with his friends via headset on the computer for hours, days, months at a time. Concerned about his future, you devise a way to exploit his love of gaming towards a positive and productive end. You ask him to take a summer course at a tech camp to learn gaming programming. He agrees without hesitation. He makes friends at the tech camp (the class is all boys), stays in contact with them via those headset games, and plans to meet up next summer at the same camp. Success.

Empower Her: Support Women’s Entrepreneurship

Women make up more than 50 percent of the world’s population, yet account for less than 1 percent of global wealth. Despite great strides, there remains a wide gender gap in the international economy. Entrepreneurship is key to closing that gap as it gives women control and ownership, but they need greater support to tap into this economic driver.

The Power of Numbers: Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses

It is hard getting elected to office. It is even harder if you are a woman. Despite the fact that half of the world’s population is female, the road to gender parity in politics is long. Around the globe, women seeking elected office face daunting challenges. They range from patriarchal biases and cultural stereotypes, to a lack of access to education, campaign funding and skills training. Moreover, the challenges that women face running for office do not disappear when they get elected.

The New Egypt is Open for Business and Eager to Grow

Egypt has been a reliable American ally, the anchor of stability in the Middle East, and a regional economic hub for the better part of 40 years. During this period, Egypt has exercised responsible political influence, exhibited secular tolerance, and presented increasing commercial opportunities for U.S. companies. However, the turmoil over the past three years has muddied Egypt’s public personality and created unfortunate misperceptions about the nature of Egypt’s society and its government today.

In Defense of City Diplomacy

Millennials understand that global peace and prosperity depends on building broad and deep relationships across sectors, cultures, and borders. The next generation of global leaders realizes that international affairs is no longer only under the purview of governments and countries—people and networks matter just as much. But the importance of citizen-led diplomacy is not a novelty. Sister Cities International was founded on this exact idea nearly sixty years ago—by an unlikely champion of the power of person-to-person connections to rebuild the world.

It Happened in Denmark

When our family first arrived to the American Embassy in Copenhagen in September of 1998, there was a small pamphlet that had been left as a welcoming gift for us. It was titled “In Denmark It Could Not Happen”.  This slim volume recounted the famous story of the Danish rescue of virtually the entire Jewish population of Denmark from under the very noses of their German occupiers.  It was a story with which we were deeply familiar.

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