The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean: Reasons and Repercussions

September 17, 2015

 Panayotis J. Tsakonas, Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.

What are the repercussions of migration for the EU and in particular South European states? How has illegal migration unfolded in the broader Mediterranean region during the last decade and why has it reached crisis proportions?  How is the huge influx of migrants from war torn areas in the Middle East and Africa being perceived and dealt with by the European Union and its members, particularly those hardest hit—Greece, Italy, and Hungary—as well as their neighbors.  What is driving the huge increase, how is Europe coping, how are these unprecedented waves of human migration affecting European security and what can be done to deal with the influx?


US Foreign AID and Child Survival: . . . What the US could Still Accomplish

November 15, 2013

David Douglas

We are living through an unprecedented decline in deaths of children worldwide from preventable diseases.  U.S. foreign aid played a central role in this little-known story.
Around the world 6 million fewer children will die this year than in 1990. This global effort has been collaborative, but such success would not have happened except for U.S. foreign aid, which is only 1{fe681502a50b39155a3ca75d1ea8a550fe0ee8275f6f89ef466f508ac0f80879} of the federal budget.  Yet as much progress has been made in global health, 18,000 children will die today, mainly from diseases that are preventable.


A Writer in Exile: My Only Country: Words and Literature

October 28, 2013

Kebir Ammi, French/North African novelist/dramatist/essayist

How does the world appear to a North African novelist living, writing and teaching in post 9/11 France?  What do his stories tell us about the world and 21st century civilization looking at it from the perspective of a Muslim émigré?


No More Deaths: The Mexican Border and Immigration Reform

October 14, 2013

Reverends John Fife and Gene Levebre

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress.  That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can still put on the pressure for better legislation.

The Presenters will describe what’s actually happening along the Arizona border with Mexico, an intolerable situation rife with abuse, human suffering and death.  They will also cover the Immigration Reform controversy, the “fatal flaws” in proposed legislation and credible efforts to eliminate them.  Not only will they bring to light the truth regarding enforcement enhancement and militarization measures along our border, they will show how these measures have real social and economic consequences for our future.  


Fish vs. Cattle: Conflict Mitigation in South Sudan

September 24, 2012

Patrick Murphy, was the “fisheries expert” for the USAID project in South Sudan under the direction of AECOM

South Sudan gained its independence from Muslim (North) Sudan in 2011 after decades of hot and cold Civil War.  The world rejoiced.  The Arab North would no longer be oppressing the non-Arab, non-Muslim South.  Unfortunately the regions and tribes of the newly independent country had been united mostly by their opposition to the North.  The new country, unfortunately, is still riven by tribal and other sub-national rivalries, some  older than the bloody conflict with the North.  Other questions arose.  How would the new country define itself?  How could it reconcile its jealous components?  How could it redirect its peoples’ energies in a manner consistent with the modern world? (more…)

Rebuilding Iraq: What worked? What Didn’t? What Next?

November 17, 2011

Richard S.D. Hawkins, led an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team of 40 subject matter experts in the rural and conflict laden eastern and southern zones of Baghdad Province from February 2008-April 2009

Central to the U.S. effort to help Iraq rebuild were the Provincial Reconstruction Teams, civilian-led groups of experts in governance, economic development, urban planning, basic services, agriculture, elections, women’s and family issues, and other specialties, some of which were embedded with US military units.  With the U.S. Government scheduled to withdraw all troops from Iraq by December 2011, the Iraq reconstruction effort has come under intense scrutiny. What was it like to live in rural Iraq trying to create jobs, help widows, rebuild water and sewer systems, and foster reconciliation among tribal enemies? Do the results justify the many millions spent? Can or should the U.S. seek continuing benefit from its investment of money, time and talent? What have we learned about trying to provide development assistance in the midst of conflict? (more…)

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