The Year’s Global Bright Spots: Part 2

Internationally, there were a few positive developments, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. In a CFR article entitled “The Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021,” James M. Lindsay cites several milestones amidst a series of setbacks. Among them, the seemingly unending global struggle to contain COVID-19. Among the leading pluses of the year,…

2021: Bright Spots In A Challenged Planet

“It’s a world supplied with precisely the right amounts of gravity and atmosphere,” Washington Post columnist David von Drehle wrote on November 24, “enough water and sunlight but not too much of either.” “Scientists have gazed thousands of light-years in search of another such place, and still, this is the only one for sure, a…

Group of women pose in front of Christmas tree at the elegant DACOR Bacon House

AWIU Networking Lunch: The Importance of Listening

By American University Tuch Fellow Marcela Falck-Bados On December 14, I attended the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) luncheon program, Career Opportunities in International Relations (COIR) at the historic DACOR Bacon House. The keynote speaker, Dr. Clare Lockhart, is a preeminent expert on Afghanistan and founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness. She served…

VOA Reaches 311 Million Multimedia Users Each Week, An All-Time Record

Next February 1, the nation’s largest publicly-funded international broadcasting network will celebrate its 80th anniversary. The U.S. Agency for Global Media (the USAGM), which oversees America’s Voice and four other government-funded international multimedia broadcast networks, announced the latest total on Nov. 16. As a USAGM press release put it: “While the COVID-19 pandemic raged around…

Map of Afghanistan

Lessons from Afghanistan – Two Ambassadors Speak

Donald Bishop, a Public Diplomacy Council past president and scholar at the Marine Corps University, sounded out two former ambassadors to Afghanistan on lessons for public diplomacy from the United States’  twenty-year engagement there. “Afghanistan: A Look Back at the Whole-of-Government Enterprise,” First Monday Forum for December 13, drew 73 attendees.  It featured Ambassador Ryan…

Honest Journalism At Risk: How To Save It

2021 Nobel Peace Prize co-winners Mark Thompson, former New York Times chief executive and prominent Philippines reporter Maria Ressa, have offered new ideas on how to preserve independent journalism. The two honorees were the first journalists in 80 years to be awarded the cherished Peace Prize. As they wrote with pride in the Times December…

Bob Dole, A United States Hero For The Ages

The late Senator Dole was honored in a series of bipartisan Washington events, five days after his death on the 120th anniversary day of the first Nobel Peace Prize award. What a splendid coincidence of history! During a day of honors on Dec.10, the distinguished 98-year-old Republican Senator from Kansas received an eloquent, heartfelt tribute…

The 100-Nation Democracy Summit: Opening Day

In convening the unprecedented gathering in Washington on December 9, President Biden told delegates that “global freedom is under threat from autocrats seeking to expand power, export influence and justify repression.” According to the Reuters News Agency, Mr. Biden added: “Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to renew it with each generation. In my…