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For better Mideast strategy U.S. should “Keep Calm and Carry On”

By James “Spike” Stephenson

December 19, 2014   |   0 comments

The iconic British government poster—Keep Calm and Carry On—issued in 1939 epitomized the resolve that came to be associated with British resilience through six long years of World War II, much of it on the losing end, before victory in 1945.

ISIS and the Syria inflection point

By James "Spike" Stephenson

October 3, 2014   |   0 comments

Irrespective of the modern trappings of warfare—artillery, automatic weapons, captured armored vehicles, Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades—the playbook of ISIS is straight out of the seventh century. It has used the largely unguarded, ungoverned spaces of eastern Syria as a staging area to strike weakened areas of Iraq and Syria.

A quiet glimpse into the world of Swahili storybooks

By Jennifer Brookland

September 27, 2014   |   0 comments

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania—The bookshop is dim and hushed, empty just a few minutes after opening time on a Sunday morning. It’s my last day in Tanzania, and what better way to spend a spare hour in Dar es Salaam than with a quiet dip among the shelves of poetry, photobooks and fiction.

Looking beyond the walls: providing universal access to basic education in Nigeria

By Semere Solomon

September 27, 2014   |   0 comments

A significant number of children across the developing world do not have access to basic education. Unfortunately, many children in these countries drop out prematurely due to poverty, social marginalization and, at times, poor quality education, according to UNESCO.

It’s time to redefine manhood and stop violence in families and communities

By Michael McCabe

September 19, 2014   |   0 comments

I am always fascinated at how cultural change occurs, sometimes more slowly than we hope (civil rights), and sometimes more quickly than we expect (recent advances in the acceptance of same sex marriage).

Who will fight against ISIS?

By James "Spike" Stephenson

September 19, 2014   |   0 comments

Following a flurry of visits by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to build a coalition of traditional Western and Middle Eastern allies to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), France hosted a conference on Sept. 15 to determine what each of those allies will bring to the table and the battlefield.