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.
Since protests erupted last month in Turkey, there has been one major question: are the Turkish people outgrowing Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan? Demonstrations that began as a protest of the commercial redevelopment of a park in Istanbul became a protest of Erdoğan’s increasing authoritarian policies, engulfing several major Turkish cities. While Istanbul has quieted, the protests have intensified in the country’s capital, Ankara.
President Bashar al-Assad’s fall is inevitable, but Syria’s subsequent collapse need not be. Syria’s sizable émigré community has so far remained far away from the devastation, waiting in cities like Paris and London to see where the political chips will fall. But, by taking a more active role, the diaspora can help to end the conflict at home – and to rebuild in its wake.
Recent events in Syria raise concerns that the redline of chemical weapons use has been crossed, forcing the U.S. to reconsider intervening in the two-year civil war. At this crossroads, it is important to look beyond the use of chemical weapons and at the entire scope of the conflict and range of weapons used – including rape.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s (YPFP) mission is to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders, the men and women who will be forced to make far-reaching decisions that will drive firms, non-profits and even nations in the not-too-distant future.
To the man who brought down the most damaging spy in U.S. history, the Fourth of July is about more than cold beer, fireworks and hotdogs - it's also about remembering the reason for the season: our freedom.