August 2, 2014

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Panel Analyzes Evolving Face of Chinese Politics

by Blair Robin Cornell Daily Sun November 16, 2005 In an attempt to inform the public on China and integrate the community, the Americans for Informed Democracy held a forum yesterday highlighting China’s political development and international security. The discussion featured three speakers, each representing a distinct issue; the panelists included Taiwanese Ambassador Andrew Hsia; Irving J. Stolberg, member of the United Nations U.S. Board of Directors; and Prof. Allen Carlson, government. Hsia began the forum, focusing on Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

Town-hall poverty meeting tonight

by By Nikolaus Olsen The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO) November 16, 2005 During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, images flashed across televisions and in magazines and newspapers exposed a festering poverty often unseen. The images showed that economic inequality is no stranger to the United States, like in hundreds of nations across the globe. To spark a discussion and raise awareness of the issue of poverty, nationally and abroad, a town-hall style meeting will be hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy. The meeting will begin at 7 … [Read more...]

Poverty tour visits CU

by By Kate Larsen The Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) November 16, 2005 More than 50 concerned students and community members gathered to learn about worldwide poverty and what they can do about it Tuesday at the University of Colorado. The series, called "Fighting for What's Right," features three experts on the topic and is touring colleges and universities around the country. Its organizers, Americans for Informed Democracy, want to start a dialogue about America's responsibilities to those living in poverty here and around the world. Some 10 … [Read more...]

Poverty talk tonight

by Matt Williams Colorado Daily November 14, 2005 CU-Boulder is one of about 100 U.S. universities hosting town hall meetings this week in a push to end global poverty. As part of a series called “Fighting for What's Right,” the nonprofit Americans for Informed Democracy hosts a talk tonight about how poverty can be eradicated in the United States and abroad. The event is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. this evening in CU-Boulder's Education building, room 155. “The main goal of this whole event is to raise the awareness about the … [Read more...]

EDUCATION BRIEFS: Peacekeepers Screening

by Staff Writer The Birmingham News Monday, November 14, 2005 The Americans for Informed Democracy chapter at the University of Alabama will hold a public screening of "The Peacekeepers," a documentary about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the screening, there will be a public discussion about the future of the United Nations and the U.S. role in the international body. The showing will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 173 Nott Hall at UA. … [Read more...]

Elections in West Africa

Recently, Liberia celebrated its first elections since the end of the 1989-2003 civil war that brutalized the country and ravaged an already stagnant economy.  As the International Crisis Group suggests in their September 7th report (link), "Liberia has been crumbling for at least 25 years. Elections are but a small, early step in a lengthy reconstruction process that will be sabotaged if Liberian elites refuse some form of intrusive economic governance mechanism, or if international partners pull out before a sustainable security environment is … [Read more...]

Democratic Foreign Policy

I have literally filled my passport with stamps since George W. Bush became president and America’s image abroad hit historic lows. It is common for those with negative views of the United States to distinguish between American leadership and American people. Consistently, I hear some variant of “Americans and the rights and freedoms and protections you have are good, but that government of yours is horrible.” A study by the Pew Global Attitudes Project of 16 nations released this June ("U.S. Image Up Slightly, But Still Negative: American Character … [Read more...]

Speakers encourage increasing U.S. aid to combat world poverty

by Jasett Chatham Northwestern Daily November 10, 2005 Poverty was the buzzword Wednesday night during a panel discussion about American assistance to the world’s poor. A crowd of about 130 students, faculty and Evanston residents overflowed part of the Louis Room in the Norris University Center for an event sponsored by Globe, Americans for Informed Democracy and Amnesty International. The phrases “What can we do?,” and “No excuses” were splashed across flyers, rubber band bracelets and posters that covered the table leading into the … [Read more...]

Campus groups observe human rights week

by MAXIM LOTT The Flat Hat (College of William and Mary) November 09, 2005 As the world grapples with the refugee situation in Sudan and rapid political changes in Iraq, it is perhaps a fitting time for College groups to observe Human Rights Week. Amnesty International organized most of the week's events, hosting several speakers and holding student forums. The internationally-recognized Human Rights Week actually takes place in early December, but the time conflicts with fall semester final exams, so the week was held a month early at the … [Read more...]

College generation not as apathetic as many think

by Sarai Brinker The Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University in Lubbock) November 09, 2005 Recycling, Asian relations and free media were just some of the themes talked about this past weekend at the Student Summit for Americans for Informed Democracy. Leaders, students and activists from across the Southwest came together to talk about solutions to some of the major problems the world faces today. Not only did the number of students impressed me, but also the optimism they exuded. Equally important were the actions many of the students had … [Read more...]