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Amid pandemic decline in study abroad, U.S. remains the top attraction

According to a report released today, the U.S. remains the premier destination for international students, but as expected, overall student numbers fell during the pandemic.  The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors, released November 15, reports a total of 914,095 international students studied at American universities in the 2020/21 academic year. That number represents…

Democracy Is Fragile — And Resilient, Too

In an article in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describes her concerns about United States foreign policy in the 2020s. “Historically,” she says, “our republic’s claim on the global imagination has been inseparable from its identity — however imperfectly embodied — as a champion of human freedom. That…

Climate Talks: A Long Way To Go

A draft agreement at the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, expresses “alarm and concern” about our planet’s global warming in 2021 and well beyond. The Associated Press reported on November 10 that coal mining and production remain a principal element of that concern. “There is a big push at the summit by most developed countries…

Climate Change: It’s High Time To Act

At a landmark global summit in Glasgow this week, world leaders must reckon with and take specific steps to curb global warming. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently described the crisis: “We have reached a tipping point in the need for climate action. The disruption to our climate and our planet is already worse than we…

Glasgow Climate Change Summit: Prospects

On October 31, representatives of around 200 countries are set to gather in Scotland for an annual U.N. conference on climate change. Central to their debate:  progress on limiting global warming in the 2020s. There is a growing popular consensus that there’s not a minute to lose in making such reforms.  President Biden told the…

Colin Powell: A Leader For The Ages

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff died early October 18 after complications caused by COVID-19, according to his family. He was 84 years old. As the family put it: “General Powell was fully vaccinated, and we want to thank the staff of the Walter Reed National…