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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by Eugene B. Kogan Korea Policy Review October 2005 While the international headlines of the past few weeks have been dominated by news of continuing violence in Iraq and the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the negotiations between Japan, South Korea, the United States, Russia, China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) gave ample reasons for optimism. This fourth round of six-party talks in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear program has resulted in a joint statement in which North … [Read more...]
Global Affairs Retreats: Students and scholars meet in Europe’s cities to turn up the dialogue and raise awareness on the world’s most pressing issues
by Marissa Lowman Abroad View Magazine Fall 2005 Issue Studying abroad has become a way to foster dialogue between different cultures. Even students who do not consider themselves political often face difficult questions from foreigners while they are abroad. According to Stephanie Mott, global activities director of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), “Being abroad as an American at this particular time is a political experience. People always seem to have questions…[regardless of] whether you’re a political scientist. It brings people … [Read more...]
by Lise Fisher Gainesville Sun October 1, 2005 From a podium at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, a supporter of the International Criminal Court made his case for the tribunal Friday afternoon. John Washburn, with the American Non-governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court, spoke to about 20 people in Gainesville at the end of his three-day speaking tour throughout the South. Washburn, who is an attorney, served as a director in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations from … [Read more...]
by EMIL GUILLERMO The Record Friday, Sep 30, 2005 STOCKTON -- Better communication. That's the one thing Lodi Mayor John Beckman said could have improved the situation the most in June, when five members of the Lodi Muslim community were arrested by the FBI after a three-year terrorism investigation. Beckman spoke candidly to a crowd of 50 people assembled at a town hall meeting on U.S. and Islamic relations at University of the Pacific. Communication was definitely the goal of the town hall meeting, part of Pacific's Islam Awareness Month, … [Read more...]
by Tony Kudron and James Fleming The Phoenix (Loyola University of Chicago) September 28, 2005 Can democracy survive in the Muslim world or is the Islamic faith inherently anti-democratic? Thomas Lippman, the former Middle East bureau chief and correspondent for the Washington Post, attempted to answer this question in a town hall forum on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m., in the Simpson Hall Multi-Purpose Room. The presentation was sponsored by the Unified Students for Effective Democracy and the Americans for Informed Democracy. Lippman's presentation was … [Read more...]
by Michele Steinbacher The Pantagraph - Bloomington-Normal, Illinois September 28, 2005 NORMAL -- Bridging the gap between Muslim and Western points of view was the goal of an international video conference that included a group of Illinois State University students. In particular, the "America and the World Working Together" conference focused on global poverty, health and hunger issues. Addressing several U.S. universities and one in Jakarta, Indonesia, ISU senior Dave Currier looked into the camera and shared thoughts on poverty: "Many … [Read more...]
by Deena Greenberg Daily Pennsylvanian September 28, 2005 At a dialogue yesterday evening, an Arab reporter asserted that Iraq was "the most legitimate government" in the world, while a Lebanese documentary filmmaker argued that Americans must get past the question of "why they hate us" if the United States wants to succeed in the Middle East. Penn students and community members gathered last night in Jon Huntsman Hall to hear the views of four panelists. "You all have a lot of experience in the world, and we can't wait to hear it," began … [Read more...]
by EMIL GUILLERMO The Record (Stockton, CA) Wednesday, Sep 28, 2005 STOCKTON -- Stuart Krengel, 23, knew a few Muslims while he growing up in Lodi. But he admits he never really got to know them very well. "We never really interacted," Krengel said. On Thursday, Krengel will get a chance to do something about it during a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at University of Pacific's George Wilson Hall. The meeting is part of Pacific's Islam Awareness Month, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association at the school and Americans for Informed Democracy, … [Read more...]
by Colleen O'Doherty September 27, 2005 The Gateway (University of Nebraska at Omaha) Imagine all the people of Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska dying in the next year because they were all too poor to feed or take care of themselves. It's as daunting an idea as taking on poverty itself, yet these huge issues were discussed at a videoconference held at UNO on Sept. 22. The videoconference was between student and faculty representatives from UNO, the World Bank in Washington DC, Ghana and Tanzania. The representatives from the various countries … [Read more...]
by Joy Karugu Daily Princetonian September 26,2005 When the topic was NAFTA, Alexandra Connell '07 could ask students at the University of Guadalajara about deepening economic inequality. When the topic was the World Trade Organization, Glen Weyl '07 could talk to the development minister of Cote d'Ivoire about market access for developing countries. Though the discussion ranged across continents, the University students who participated in last Friday's conference on global development never left their classroom in Robertson Hall, which was … [Read more...]