March 1, 2015

The impact heard around the world

by Jenna Alifante The Review (University of Delaware) Tuesday, September 6, 2005 Most of the university's students were either in diapers or not yet born when the first event to unite the world in the fight to aid Africa took place. However, this past July, they, along with an estimated 3 billion others across the globe, witnessed a monumental event in which artists, actors, politicians, religious leaders, social advocates and everyday citizens banded together to make their voices heard. The worldwide event was Live 8 and the impact has yet to be … [Read more...]

Millennium Development Goals

by Mike Batell AIDemocracy Online September 2005 This week, officials from over 170 nations will converge in New York City for the largest gathering of world leaders in history. The UN World Summit will focus in part on advancing programs to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight measurable targets for the reduction of extreme poverty and disease in developing countries to which 191 nations have committed themselves, including the United States. Perhaps the best public policy document exemplifying the sacred American value of … [Read more...]

Towards a Better Informed, More Peaceful World

by Lee Howard New London Times September 1, 2005 An interview with Eugene Kogan: Eugene B. Kogan is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate and trustee of Connecticut College and a senior political analyst for Americans for Informed Democracy ( in New Haven. He will soon go to London to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he will study the nature and limitations of American power in the post-9/11 world. Kogan recently wrote a paper titled "The War Congress: Shouldering the Responsibilities of a U.S. Global … [Read more...]

Friend or Foe? Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Receives Praise from Jesse Jackson

The article below reflects the support Jesse Jackson is giving Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez after the statement made by Reverend Pat Robertson calling for the US Government to assassinate Venezuela's President, as well as supporting Chavez's policies.  Whether or not the US government agrees with Chavez's policies, it is important to be mindful of the trade relationship the US has with Venezuela in relation to the oil imports, and the negative effects the US economy would experience should that trade relationship be hindered.  Hurricane … [Read more...]

A New Strategy For Iraq

Hey All, my name is Phillip Valka and I'm a new Senior Political Analyst with AID and this is my first post.  I know everyone might be a bit fed up with Iraq, given the constant coverage and the stream of bad news, but I just red this excellent article in the new issue of Foreign Affairs by Lt. Col. Andrew Krepinevich called "How to Win Iraq" (also the subject of David Brooks' piece in Sunday's Times).  I wrote a brief overview (with a little editorializing on my part) as an introduction to the article.  It takes a long time to … [Read more...]

Forum: Lessons of London terrorism

by Eugene B. Kogan Washington Times August 28, 2005 More than a month has passed, but Londoners won't forget. "You'll never forget 9/11, we'll never forget this" said a British doctor to an American journalist after the July 7 London terror attacks, which claimed 52 lives and injured 700. Indeed, if such future atrocities are to be prevented, people in the West must learn some tough lessons. After September 11, 2001, Americans came to believe that terrorism was practiced by extremists from "over there" (Middle East) against innocents "over here." … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Moderate Muslims must be encouraged

by By Eugene B Kogan Financial Times August 24, 2005 Sir, Martin Wolf is correct that Muslims must take a stand on Islamism in word and deed ("How Islamism challenges Muslims", August 17). What he does not mention is that the west must encourage moderate Muslims to assume this crucial responsibility. Specifically, leaders of the western world must make clear to moderate Islamic leaders that they have the biggest stake in the success of the war on terror. First, they will be preventing Islam from being used in the service of terrorism by the likes … [Read more...]

Lessons From the London Terror Attacks

by Eugene B. Kogan Foreign Policy Forum “You’ll never forget 9/11, we’ll never forget this” said a British doctor to an American journalist in the wake of July 7 London terrorist attacks, which claimed the lives of 52 and injured 700 people. If atrocities like these are to be prevented in the future, people in Western countries must learn tough lessons from these tragedies. Since 9/11, Americans came to believe that terrorism was practiced by extremists from “over there” (Middle East) against innocents “over here.” This misguided belief has been … [Read more...]

Preparing for Pandemic: A Call for U.S. Leadership on the Avian Flu

Every few years, there’s a story in the news about an impending global health crisis—SARS, mad cow disease, West Nile, etc. I normally tune such stories out because the news reports sound so much like a bad tv movie that they don’t even seem real to me. But the latest issue of the Economist drew my attention to the burgeoning pandemic world health threat—influenza—and I realized it’s time for all of us to start paying attention. (See this link, but for the full article subscription is required.) Avian influenza, or bird flu, is currently endemic in … [Read more...]

Hope not Hate More Important than Ever

As we move into our third year of Hope not Hate the survey below from Public Agenda reveals the critical need for greater exchange and understanding between the U.S. and the Muslim world: New survey reveals deep worries about how the U.S. is seen abroad, but little agreement on what to do. Lack of progress on immigration and jobs are major frustrations. New York City -- Americans see the web of issues surrounding relations with the Islamic world as the fundamental foreign policy challenge facing the nation -- but they have little idea what to do about … [Read more...]