November 25, 2014

Voices From Our Network …

The Girl Child: Her Obstacles and Her Potential

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Schoolgirls, Kerala, India Photo Credit: Julia Maudlin For many young and adolescent girls around the world, childhood is a time of oppression and abuse instead of education and play. Especially in the Global South, the girl child faces unique challenges that limit her … [Read More...]

5 Tips for Emailing Professional Contacts

By Ana Frigo. Knowing how to connect with professionals in various fields is a skill that is vital in today’s world. Whether you are e-mailing a professor, colleague, or CEO, it has become increasingly important to present yourself in an organized and professional manner. How and what you e-mail … [Read More...]

Strategic Goal 5: Modernize the way we do diplomacy and development

By Virginia Cady. In March the U.S. State Department and USAID released a joint Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. This article is the final in a series of five on each of the main strategic goals outlined in the 2014-2017 plan. Strategic Goal 5: Modernize the way we do diplomacy and … [Read More...]

Global LGBT Rights: An Uphill Battle

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Gender and sexuality are complex. The modern, western world often reduces these concepts into dichotomies, categorizing individuals as male or female, heterosexual or homosexual. However, there is a long global history of individuals that fall outside these binaries. … [Read More...]

The European Identity Crisis, Solved?

By Mary Anne Mendoza. Before the European Union (EU) can expand, unity in Europe must exist. As romantic as it sounds, the idea of an “ever closer union” among its members has yet to be fully realized*. The focus of this series will be to not only illuminate readers about what the institution … [Read More...]

Natural Disasters: Unequal Effects on Men and Women

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. An old ibu (woman) sits among the ruins of her house in Pariaman, north of Padang, West Sumatra. Photo Credit: Andy Campbell/SurfAid International Natural disasters are often described as “acts of god:” powerful events, wholly outside the realm of human control, which … [Read More...]

The Greatest Threat to the Islamic State

By Julia Al-Akkad. As the United States proceeds to combat the danger of the Islamic State (IS) through the performance of airstrikes, the Islamic State advances towards their ultimate undertaking of total jurisdiction over the Middle East. While the airstrikes prove to be a necessary instrument … [Read More...]