Is your food expired or ugly? Eat it, is good for you!

By Zabeth Salome Chedraui It is very possible to imagine a world in which people recycle the food that they consider as waste. Nashville has been selected by the Natural Resource Defense Council as a model city on food waste reduction. Many restaurants in the city are participating in the Food Saver Challenge, which encourages… Read more »

An Imperialist in the DPRK

By Natasha Louis When asked about my experiences in North Korea, two questions always come up: Why would you want to go there? And, what was it like? As a global affairs student, the first seems easy to answer with a simple, “why not?” But the second, I still stumble in a search for words… Read more »

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A Gulf in Relations [Retracted]

The article “A Gulf in Relations” by Mohammad Awais published on April 7, 2017 has been withdrawn from this publication at the author’s request.  

Quito and Its Transportation Challenges

By Jorge L. Mora Implementing efficient, affordable, and sustainable transportation systems in developing cities is challenging. The construction of an expensive subway system can help alleviate the needs of users of public transportation, but it does not solve the mobility needs of a heavily populated city. Making people the priority is essential for cities like… Read more »

Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Health Approach

By Adrienne Nicole Razon Women’s economic empowerment cannot be achieved without significant investments in women’s health and wellbeing. When more women work, the results go beyond economic development. Equal participation in labor markets creates political, social, and cultural advantages. Even so, women around the world continue to have lower participation in labor markets compared to… Read more »

Unfolding Views of Women’s Access to Equal Employment Opportunities in MENA

By Reem Aliessa  Equal access to employment opportunities in MENA remain a crucial barrier for the economic growth and women’s economic empowerment in the region as it faces the lowest percentages of women’s participation in the labor market. The 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), held from March 13-24, 2017,… Read more »

The New America First Energy Plan: Dream or Nightmare

By Jennifer A. Infantas After only a few short minutes of President Trump’s inauguration, the White House was beginning to communicate Mr. Trump’s new energy policies, which aim to stimulate the U.S. economy and ensure national security all while supposedly protecting the environment and public health of U.S. citizens. The issue with this is how… Read more »

Ignoring Female Terrorists’ Agency At Our Own Peril

Reports of women acting as terrorists, especially for the Islamic State (ISIS), have shocked Western audiences, raising questions about the role of women as willing participants in terrorist violence. The flood of Western women to ISIS is helped along by a slew of female recruiters. Further, women act as enforcers in jihadist societies, even commanding… Read more »

Is Nationalism Bad for Women?

Traditional constructs of nationalism are being revived around the globe with negative impacts on women. In the United States, Europe, and  Turkey, this dangerous trend aims to limit women’s autonomy in hope of preserving national identity. The re-nationalization movement stems from threats – both real and perceived – against a country’s national identity and culture…. Read more »

Write a killer paper? Get it published!

PGI is now accepting Op Eds (400-600 words) and longer journal pieces (no more than 4000 words)!   If you’re proud of the writing and thinking you’re doing, share it with your peers and colleagues in the field. Op Eds are accepted on rolling basis throughout the semester. Journal Articles (no more than 4000 words)… Read more »

  • Hell in Southeast Asia: Indonesia must stop the haze

    Imagine stepping out of your house and immediately noticing thick clouds of smoke accompanied by a noxious smell. After a while, you start experiencing eye irritations and having breathing difficulties. The uncomfortable sensations are further exacerbated by sweltering heat—with temperatures in the 90s and humidity levels of 80-90%. Out on the streets, people can be… Read more »

  • The Necessity of Nuclear: COP21 and the UN SDGs

    When world leaders meet to discuss energy, the environment, and climate change in Paris this November at the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21), they will have a great deal of responsibility, pressure, and criticism heaped upon them by observers, regardless of the language agreed upon by member nations. Political externalities could also lead to… Read more »

  • The ‘Human’ in the Drug Trafficking Equation

    The drug cartel narrative is always the same. Whether the issue is the latest escape of the legendary Chapo Guzman, the decommission of tons of marijuana, or the recent discovery of the Mexican government’s collusion in the dirty business of drugs; when we hear about narco trafficking, we are hearing the same lines which have… Read more »

  • Negotiating the Middle East: Prospects for Peace

    In order to realistically and objectively assess whether there is any prospect for U.S.-Russia cooperation on Middle East Policy we need to acknowledge that there may be diametrically opposed perceived interests and proposed solutions to the problems in the Middle East in order to reconcile our differences. Until now, the U.S. has dominated Middle East… Read more »

  • A Conspicuous Absence from Beijing+20

    On September 27 more heads of state and government than ever before met in New York City to make commitments to gender equality and women’s rights at the Beijing+20 summit. One country’s leader was conspicuously absent from the 80 heads of state and government who attended the summit meeting though. That leader was President Obama. Instead… Read more »

  • Call for Online & Print Submissions: Fall 2015

    Interested in having your content published in this semester’s journal? Submit your essays and articles to the editorial team for consideration by October 23! We also accept op-eds, book reviews, photoessays and stand-alone photos on a rolling basis year round. For more information about the submission process and submission criteria, please visit the submission tab at the… Read more »

  • Russia: A Vicious Circle

    “It seems that Russians forgot the golden rule of economics that competitiveness of their country’s economy depends on stability and predictability, which guarantees best possible conditions for capital investment. Love to Russia alone is not sufficient motivator.” Alexei Kudrin, former finance minister of Russian Federation “Russia’s credit rating dropped to junk level” reads the headline… Read more »

  • No One Grid Should Have All That Power

    America’s energy needs have outpaced the modern utility, but not because of a rise in demand. Since Thomas Edison built his first power plant on Pearl Street in Manhattan, utilities have existed in a relatively stagnant state of regulated monopolies and vertical integration. However, technological innovations, combined with market forces and public support for increased sustainability… Read more »

  • Worst Place in the World to be a Woman?

    On June 15th, TrustLaw released a global perception poll of academics, aid professionals, health workers, policy makers, journalists, and development specialists on what in their opinion would be the five most dangerous countries in the world for women. The poll was based upon the levels of discrimination, sexual violence, health, cultural/customary practices, non-sexual violence, and trafficking… Read more »