Growing Up in Tehran, I Have A Unique Take on Non-Proliferation

By Ariane Tabatabai
posted on February 28, 2014 in ,
I was born during the Iran-Iraq War and grew up in post-conflict Tehran. My childhood, despite being quite normal, was dominated by politics. With academic parents in the fields of political sociology and political philosophy, a country where one learns about hating “Zionists” before being able to spell the word, and the drawings in textbooks of children killed by Iraqi chemical weapons, it was quite unavoidable.

A Young Egyptian's Perspective on Non-Proliferation in the Middle East

By Karim Kamel
posted on February 23, 2014 in ,

Immersing myself in nonproliferation studies has been a thrilling life journey. Growing up in Egypt, I realized early in life that I live in a highly volatile region, where war rhetoric and existential threats prevailed. I remember thinking: can’t we do something different? Can’t we come up with an alternative to this apocalyptic vision?


How To Become A Foreign Service Officer

By Cathy Vandewater
posted on January 29, 2014 in ,

Protect and serve? Turns out you don’t have to be a police officer or even a soldier to do just that. Foreign Services Office jobs (which can be in consular, economic, management, political, or public diplomacy capacities) all offer opportunities to maintain US citizens’ safety and security overseas, with a few added benefits--namely, travel and high profile hobnobbing with diplomats.


The East’s Dilemma: The Power of Persuasion and the Importance of Influence

By Catherine Lefèvre
posted on January 16, 2014 in , ,

Russian president Vladimir Putin once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’ It is no secret that Russia has been trying to recover its geopolitical influence in former Soviet states to become a regional hegemon once more. But these states, freed from Russia’s control, became open to new spheres of influence, particularly from the European Union.


Democracy, Twiplomacy and Accountability in Europe

By Gerardo Perfors-Barradas
posted on October 7, 2013 in ,

There is a clear link between the speed and clarity of communications on the one hand and authority and accountability on the other. Before the introduction of mass communications (particularly through the internet), governments communicated in slower, less interactive ways. Political systems have often developed over hundreds of years and changes such as social media are not even ten years old.


Reflecting on "Others" in the Middle East

By Nicole Fauster, Dalya Arussy, and Ryan Daniels
posted on July 26, 2013 in , ,

This summer, YPFP collaborated with the Ibrahim Family Foundation to execute the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East. This remarkable program provides an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain first-hand experience with cross-cultural, interfaith, and political dialogue efforts in the Middle East.