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Romania's Missed Opportunity

Bucharest was once known as the Paris of the East. In the 1930s, it was a vibrant city of cafes, artists, and poets. The playwright Eugene Ionescu, the historian of religion Mircea Eliade, and the essayist Emil Cioran all became friends at this time at the University of Bucharest. Show More Summary

Finland and the Common Core

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform." Finland changes its National Core Curriculum (NCC) every few years. Show More Summary

Six Months After Student Massacre in Mexico, Global Outrage Fades, But Political Crisis Intensifies

MEXICO CITY - On Thursday afternoon, thousands gathered around the Angel of Independence on the main avenue of Mexico City to protest the disappearance of 43 students from a teacher's college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Some protestors carried signs demanding the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Show More Summary

Poland's Luckiest Generation

Poland has not had a very easy history over the last couple hundred years. Divided into three parts at the end of the 18th century, it was swallowed up by three separate empires - Russian, Prussian, and Austrian. For the next 123 years, Poland didn't exist as a country. Show More Summary

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

"There is no life without music," says Khaira Arby in the recent documentary, They'll Have to Kill Us First. Seeking refuge from Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists who in 2012 sacked Timbuktu's libraries, razed its shrines and banned itsShow More Summary

Weekend Roundup: Death of the First Global Statesman

This week, Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, died at 91. Though the last remaining of the great figures of post-WWII decolonization, Lee was also the first global statesman. As he himself put it, "when we were pushed out of Malaysia we had no hinterland. Show More Summary

Going Against the Flow: Greg Nance, CEO of ChaseFuture

Greg Nance is the Co-Founder and CEO of, a China-based admissions consulting platform. In recognition of his work in global education, the Diplomatic Courier named Greg one of the "Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders UnderShow More Summary

Heroes and Hope Amid Despair at Zaatari refugee camp

(Mohammed al Krad with his family in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp) By Linda Mason ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan--A Syrian refugee who lost nearly everything and has lived in this desolate camp for almost three years, Mohammed al Krad...Show More Summary

Why Are Westerners Joining ISIS?

Why would Western young adults, 15 to 20 years of age, go and join Isis? Take, for example, the recent case of three British girls who authorities believe traveled to Syria to join ISIS. According to NBC News, the girls, ages 15 and 16, ran away from their U.K. Show More Summary

Park's Dresden Speech

One year ago today, on March 28, 2014, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea delivered what she clearly hoped would be a historic speech in the former East German city of Dresden, calling for reconciliation and reunification of the divided peninsula. Show More Summary

Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military's...Show More Summary

Tackling climate change – for our kids

If you have children or grandchildren, you probably have wondered what the world will be like for them in 20 or 30 years. Will it be a better place? Will climate change upend their lives? It's something I have thought about a lot since I became president of the World Bank Group in July 2012. Show More Summary

Israel Devastated Gaza, But 'Aid' Helps It Stay That Way

Marking six months since the ceasefire in Gaza, 30 international aid agencies joined together to issue a statement titled, "We must not fail in Gaza." At face value, this warning is a responsible step by credible international humanitarian and development actors. Show More Summary

Are U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Really About Cuba?

MEXICO CITY -- For the last 15 years, Venezuela has been mired in crisis, characterized by wasteful government spending, rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, relentless human-rights violations, and now economic collapse. But,...Show More Summary

Today's Trade Agreements Are Backwards, But We Can Do Better

Thursday's Times has an exposé on the draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest international trade agreement under negotiation, based on a disclosure from Wikileaks. It highlights one of the scariest things about this and previous...Show More Summary

Chevron's "Fight It Out On The Ice" Strategy For Ecuador Case Is Slipping, Fast

Nearly a decade ago, Chevron Corporation issued a public statement warning the Ecuadorian communities who were plaintiffs in a massive environmental case against the company in Ecuador that they would face "a lifetime of appellate and collateral litigation" if they continued to vigorously pursue their claims. Show More Summary

Decisive Storm Responds to Iranian Encroachment on the Borders of Saudi Arabia

Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen marks a US-endorsed Gulf position against Iranian encroachment on the Saudi border through the Houthi coup against the legitimate government in Yemen. The question, however, is this: are the military...Show More Summary

We Want a Hand Up Not a Handout: Why Iraqi Women in Jordan Are More Than Just Urban Refugees

CREDIT: Joan Erakit Wafa Fadel Saed Jawad sits in a chair amongst a pile of wedding dresses, winter jumpers and various t-shirts. At 45, she has been living as a refugee in Jordan after fleeing Iraq in 2003. What makes Jawad different...Show More Summary

Swiss Fondue with Iran While It Blows Up Yemen

Just think about the supreme irony unfolding in war-torn Yemen - Exhibit A of what I would charitably call "Kerry Compartmentalization." While feverish nuclear negotiations hurdle toward an artificial March 30 deadline in Switzerland...Show More Summary

Yemen Is Bleeding

Yemen, Yemen, Yemen... a place that is filled with chaos, a place where everyone is trying to kill the other. A place where there is no security anymore. Even in the most religious places. A place where all memories are fading and being replaced by horrible facts. Show More Summary

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