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.
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.
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.
The word "engineer" is derived from two Latin terms meaning "to devise" and "cleverness." Contrary to popular perception, successful "engineering" has always required creativity and lots of out-of-the-box thinking. Thomas Edison may have had a lot of right-brain success, but it took him a whole lot of left-brain ideas to get there.
Over the past 10 years, major changes around the world have led companies to put increased emphasis on emerging markets in making investment decisions for the future. As a developer of infrastructure and hospitality industries in a number of markets, I have seen first-hand where the greatest opportunities exist and how much a decision to invest is influenced by the vision and stability of the leadership in a particular country. And often times, this is also a key indicator of economic opportunity.
If you are interested in or involved with the food, health, environment, or energy sectors; if you care about your success but also the future of the world, there is only one place to be next year: the city of Milan, Italy. From May 1st to October 31st, Milan will host the Expo 2015, the next world trade fair. This is not simply a fair. Expo is a global event aimed at offering countries world-wide a unique opportunity to showcase their best experiences and most significant achievements in these specific areas. It will be an extraordinary journey around the globe, through food, culture, and traditions.
After becoming a fellow with the Halcyon Incubator, I found myself thrusted into the sphere of DC’s movers and shakers. With so many vocal constituencies in this city— many proclaiming “People Before Profits”—I often feel isolated for my beliefs around profits. I can’t help but hesitate in expressing my opinions for fear of offending others. Yet, as I’m developing NewsEase, a social venture that focuses on childhood literacy, I can’t help but grit my teeth each time I hear profits referred to as some nameless, faceless mechanism of antihuman malice.
The year 2015 is going to be a critical year for humanity. A year where the world agrees on a successor framework for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that is universal in nature and places people and the planet at its center.
At the millennium summit of the United Nations in September of 2000, the nations of the world adopted a series of goals aimed at increasing the quality of life for all of humankind by 2015. Eight specific initiatives, commonly known as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ranging from eradicating hunger, reducing child mortality, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, were identified as the most significant impediments to our sustainability and improving the human condition. There has been measurable progress, with some research on the MDGs showing that global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, with remarkable gains having also been made in the fight against communicable disease. These accomplishments should be celebrated.
Twenty-five years to the month after Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was deposed, President Obama announced normalization of relations with Communist Cuba. Ceausescu's Christmas Day execution, less than two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, was the final major domino in the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the raising of the Iron Curtain from the Baltics to the Black Sea.
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