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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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...]
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...]
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...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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...]
Over the weekend, we held an AID Midwest Global Leaders Summit at Northwestern University with around 150 students and young professionals. Among the great things that came up at the Chicago event was the Stop Global Warming "Virtual March" on Washington. I just signed onto the campaign myself and I urge you to the do same -- you can join as my friend on the following page: http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/campaigns/sgw/impact/c6af0aa46cc42d28762ac1adbb7a3d83. Or click on this link. In our rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world, it has … [Read more...]
Young Leaders Seek Ways To Resolve Middle East Conflict: Conference focuses on international approach, countering biases
by Ralph Dannheisser Washington File (U.S. Department of State) July 26, 2005 Washington – Over 100 university students and recent graduates from across the United States gathered in Washington July 22 to explore the dynamics of conflict in the Middle East, both in terms of government policies and media representation, in a conference sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), an organization dedicated to raising awareness of global issues on college campuses. AID, founded in 2002, was the brainchild of Seth Green, now a 25-year-old … [Read more...]
The commentary below comes from an AID member currently living in Yemen: I woke up this morning to the sound of sirens. Living just 5-minutes from the airport I assumed that something had happened there. I didn’t have time to satisfy my curiosity because I was already running late for work. So I hurried to the main street where I normally pick up one of the local mini-buses. When I hit the street I was shocked. The southern city of Aden, where I currently live, is the most liberal in all of Yemen. The country was divided into North and South … [Read more...]
After returning from yesterday’s AID conference in New Haven, foreign aid was on my mind. Fighting for What’s Right (see link), one of AID’s exciting upcoming initiatives, is tackling the tricky topic of global development. In the organizing session we held for Fighting for What’s Right, the enthusiasm among the 400+ conference attendees was palpable. So I figured it was high time to re-familiarize myself with the issues at hand. In my readings, two main points have emerged. 1. We are at a historic moment. Never in my lifetime has so much … [Read more...]