As we all do, I have been thinking a lot about what 2015 will bring. Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order, on what U.S. foreign policy must focus on this year. 1) Revitalize NATO NATO is a critical body for international security, but its importance and resources have been waning. As Russia tests the limits of NATO’s resolve, aggravating Cold War mentalities, NATO must stand strong as a coalition to safeguard freedom, security, and democratic values. 2) Finalize and adopt outstanding trade deals Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...Continue
The recent sale of the Washington Post by the Graham family to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has significance not just for Post readers throughout the United States and around the world, but also for everyone paying close attention to the swift changes taking place in modern media. This includes, of course, how global audiences receive and assimilate the rapid-fire information fed to them through the 24-hour news cycle.
Former Program Assistant at Meridian International Center, Alana Ramos claims that the millenial generation is making an unprecedented contribution to the development of communities and countries around the world. Continue
It’s logical to assume a certain level of dissatisfaction with the world in which we live. Everything we see in the news and in newspapers is essentially bad news. The world in the 21st Century is experiencing significant problems that need to be addressed, as we all know. Every day we hear of terrorist attacks and/or religious extremism; disasters which are directly linked to climate change (or global warming, as we used to call it); the economic crises and recessions; health challenges as a result of obesity in many developed countries; armed conflicts; and territory disputes – these are just a few of the occurrences that we witness everyday around the world.
History is clear. The 20th Century was one of many challenges, including economic depressions; two world wars; genocides; and the arrival of dozens of new states into the world arena. However, in the face of all of this bad news, there is a huge ray of hope. Some call it “pragmatic optimism”. I call it viewing the world from the perspective that all change is accompanied by some level of chaos, and the world is actually a better place today than it was last year, last decade or even last century.