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 »

A Gulf in Relations

By Mohammad Awais The Importance of the Middle East to the United States cannot be understated; it is a strategically important region for its natural resources, and for its location at the nexus of three continents, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Access to these resources via international waterways in the region is of utmost importance to… Read more »

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 »

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  • Pakistan’s Shifting Political Plates

    This is the second in a series of posts leading up to the CGA Scenarios Initiative’s conference on Pakistan in 2020. As we examine Pakistan’s drivers of change–economic and political, internal and external–we’ll continue to update the blog with information on Pakistan’s current conditions, as well as variability for the next decade. Pakistan’s political scene inhabits… Read more »

  • Pakistan’s Economic Variables

    This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the CGA Scenarios Initiative’s conference on Pakistan in 2020.  As we examine Pakistan’s drivers of change–economic and political, internal and external–we’ll continue to update the blog with information on Pakistan’s current conditions, as well as variability for the next decade.  For more information on the Scenarios… Read more »

  • Further Oil Discontent

    Oil is yet again negatively affecting the global economy and as prices continue to escalate, the stability of the modest economic recovery is thought to be in jeopardy. After 18 days of protests leading to Hosni Mubarak vacating his post of Egyptian president on February 11th and the uprising in Libya resulting in 100s of… Read more »

  • Consumer Social Responsibility

    Lately the news has been adamantly following what’s been going on in Egypt, and rightfully so. The focus has especially been on social media and how mediums such as Facebook and Twitter enabled the organization  of the movement and the out pour of grievances. However, as we recognize the importance of this occasion we mustn’t forget… Read more »

  • An Egyptian Education

    After 18 days of demonstrations and revolts by the Egyptian people, President Mubarak’s sudden departure to the swanky, sun-drenched seaside city of Sharm el-Sheikh (popular with European tourists and ex-pats) seems nearly anti-climatic, though certainly preferential to the increasing violent and vitriolic rhetoric during the last days of the revolt. While Mubarak searches for a new… Read more »

  • Strengthening the Indo-US Partnership

    Obama’s visit to India this week could be considered a watershed moment in the history of the relationship between the two countries.  Business deals worth $10 billion were made, the ban on dual-use technology was lifted, and public laurels were given to India regarding its status as a world power. Today, India’s growth rate is… Read more »

  • The Implications of National Narratives

    Every state has created narratives which help its citizen to identify with national culture.  These narratives are the foundation on which the state is built.  Domestically, they are a useful political tool. Globally, recognizing national narratives can help one to understand the roots of different cultures. These narratives are generally constructed from two sources.  The… Read more »

  • Taking the reins from global civil society?

    Is the US flexing its metaphorical muscle in the realm of international affairs and the ‘Global War on Terror’ once again?  In a move that could be viewed as the reassertion of the state’s authority over an increasingly globalized arena and international commons that has more recently allowed in the last decades for the emergence of… Read more »

  • Save Darfur Coalition: Model of an effective network

    So, I had to read this report by the Save Darfur Coalition for my class this week, Issues in Humanitarian Assistance and Intervention, and although I was already familiar with the Save Darfur Coalition (SDC) I had never considered it through the lens of network theory and in terms of social capital, etc., as we have been doing… Read more »