Managing Natural Disasters, Protecting Endangered Species, And Enhancing Our Knowledge: Proof That Drones Can Do Good

By William Houstoun
posted on March 16, 2014 in

On January 23, 2009, three days after his historic inauguration, President Barack Obama ordered his first tactical strike via an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)—better known as a drone. Since then, drone strikes have become the United States’ signature weapon in fighting the global War on Terror.  Regularly portrayed in the media as a faceless killers – terrorizing civilians in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia – or as a potential tool with which the government could monitor and ultimately kill citizens on U.S.


Can Putin Resurrect Russia and Reassert it as a Global Power?

By William Houstoun
posted on March 16, 2014 in ,

Following the end of World War II, the Soviet Union under Russia’s control was considered the major power in Europe and Asia, rivaled in economic and military strength by only the U.S. However, since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, Russia has fallen considerably from the global stage and, though still retaining a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, has slowly been eclipsed by other regional powers. The U.S. has clearly surpassed it in terms of military strength, while China, Germany, and other country’s economies have risen above it.


Venezuela: You are not alone.

By Oriana Piña
posted on February 28, 2014 in ,
A reflection on expatriates and the international community; why we should care, and what we can do.

Gross European Happiness: A Challenge for EU Policymakers in 2014

By Jasper Bergink
posted on February 13, 2014 in , ,

At the end of January, the place to be for the political chic was the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Politicians, economist and business leaders met to discuss myriad fundamental challenges to our future, from internet governance to global poverty.  The WEF also saw the presentation of a report on “Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply.


Big Data, Bigger Politics

By Teka Thomas
posted on February 9, 2014 in
The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a former US Senator and UN Ambassador, once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." I would like to amend that to say that we are entitled to opinions about what facts are relevant. Our worldview, ideology, and interests all shape our interpretation of facts. This makes the ideology and value system of policy makers crucial, especially in foreign policy.

Mobile Money in Afghanistan -- An Uphill Battle

By Adam Brown
posted on January 29, 2014 in , ,

Since 2008, the Afghan mobile phone provider, Roshan, has worked to bring mobile money services to Afghanistan.  With the support of USAID, all four of Afghanistan's major mobile phone providers are currently developing mobile money capabilities.  The highly successful rollout of Kenya's mobile money and banking service, M-Pesa, has spurred a flurry of similar startup efforts – over