November 22, 2014

Voices From Our Network …

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...]

The High Cost of Global Gender-Based Violence

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. One in three women worldwide will experience gender-based violence (GBV) in her lifetime*. This statistic is so shocking that I must first grapple with it on personal terms. I think of my sister, my mother, and myself: one in three. On a global scale, this amounts to … [Read More...]

Diversity in Development

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Those who work in the field of international development recognize it as a diverse field. Developing countries, or countries in the Global South, span a multitude of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures. Individuals living in extreme poverty in Bolivia, … [Read More...]