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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…

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Engaging Stakeholders in the Virtual Context

Building effective online interaction is all about listening, not technology. By Loren Hurst   Some time ago, I noticed the term “ecosystem” began regularly showing up as a descriptor for business and political concepts. Once a term confined to the natural sciences, today we have industrial ecosystems, policy ecosystems, innovation ecosystems, and many others too…

The Challenge Of Global Vaccination Against Covid-19

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients describe the challenge bluntly in a recent Washington Post column: Vaccinating Americans and people around the world to defeat the virus both here at home and abroad.  Our most powerful weapon in this fight is safe and effective vaccines.” Distributing vaccines around…

Taiwan: Epicenter Of A Coming Global Crisis?

The world must be fully aware of the perils that would erupt should China occupy its tiny southeast Pacific coastal neighbor, Taiwan, and abolish it as a separate, internationally recognized republic. How would the United States and the world react if Beijing eliminated Taiwan and integrated it with the mainland? Background of the current situation…

The Arctic: A Fresh Focus For The United States?

New legislation introduced in the United States Senate would expand America’s attention to the strategically important Arctic region to our north. The proposed law would establish a new Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs, “it’s high time that we have such representation,” according to Sherri Goodman, a former United States Deputy Undersecretary for…