December 21, 2014

This page consolidates all of the blog posts from across the site. Posts are also featured at the bottom of each relevant issue or author page, as well as the 'Take Action' and 'Build Skills' pages. Post a comment - we’d love to know what you think! Happy reading!

Looking Ahead? Join our mentoring program!

Planning a career in international affairs? Eager for advice on how to get started? Look no further! Join AIDemocracy for the AMP Mentoring Program in 2015! Through monthly small-group chats, participants will gain advice, tips and insider information on everything from choosing the right major to scoring that first job. Monthly topics will include: Job search, resume and interview skills Making the most of summer opportunities: fellowships, internships, service and more Building your professional network Charting your personal and … [Read more...]

Join us in 2015! Team and Leadership Positions Now Open!

Are you passionate about global issues and the role of the US in the world?  Do you believe that youth have the power to make waves in the world?  If so, then AIDemocracy needs you! We are seeking amazing new team members for 2015! AIDemocracy is a global youth network taking action to face the biggest challenges facing our generation today.  Run entirely by youth, we’re taking the initiative to demand and create a more peaceful, healthy, just, and sustainable world.  We believe that our generation has an immense amount of power and potential to … [Read more...]

Six Tips for Informational Interviews

By Ana Frigo. Informational interviews are not always on the top of everyone’s to-do list, however they can be extremely valuable when exploring different career options. Before I introduce my tips, it’s important to quickly define what an informational interview is. This is not a job interview, but rather an interview for someone who is seeking more information or advice on a particular career, industry, or company. Below are six tips for a successful informational interview. Tip 1: Do your research and prepare questions This may seem like common … [Read more...]

Public Speaking? You got this. 5 Tips for Success.

By Ana Frigo. Public speaking seems to be many people’s biggest fear.  However, it is important to overcome this fear and master the art of communicating in front of an audience – large or small.  There are many reasons why public speaking is challenging for a majority of people, but with the proper motivation, anyone can overcome their insecurity of standing and speaking in front of a group of people. Tip 1: Know your material The first step is to know what you are speaking about.  No one wants to present a topic on which they have little or no … [Read more...]

Europe’s Last Dictatorship: Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus

By Ani Hakobyan. Ask any European the country they know the least and they will most likely answer Belarus. Considered by many, including former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as "Europe's last dictatorship," the Republic of Belarus is not exactly number one on people's bucket list. Often referred to as Russia's right hand or Slavic brother, the former Soviet country is governed by dictator Alexander Lukashenko, whose crackdown on basic freedoms in the nation has prompted the intelligentsia to flee and the common man to hide. Unlike many … [Read more...]

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 otherwise expansive potential. Several forms of gender-based violence are prevalent especially among girls - take female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) for example. This practice is prevalent in Africa and to a lesser degree in Asia and the Middle East, … [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 to your professional contacts is a reflection of yourself and your communicative abilities. Below are 5 tips which should be remembered when emailing professional contacts. Tip 1: Have a clear subject line With so many emails being received each day, it … [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 development The key to this goal is the emphasis on upgrading technology across the board of State and USAID operations as well as focusing on cooperation. The report cites three main examples of this: transparency, digital media, and reforming the process by which … [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. These individuals are fighting an important battle for equal rights and human dignity around the world. Diversity in terms of gender and sexuality is not limited to one time period or part of the world, and examples are countless: The Bugis people of … [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 actually is, but also to provide insight into the potential actor it could become. As of today, the EU consists of twenty-eight members with a total population exceeding 507 million individuals**. With so many people to represent, perhaps the EU would do … [Read more...]