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The article “A Gulf in Relations” by Mohammad Awais published on April 7, 2017 has been withdrawn from this publication at the author’s request.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

  • Aung San Suu Kyi: A leader is freed

    Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader in Burma has been released by the Burmese government, after 15 plus years of house arrest. She serves as a hero to the Burmese community, her party, as well as the remaining 2,200 political prisoners in the country. The release came a week after Burma held its first… Read more »

  • Reconstructing the Security Paradigm

    What does the security of another state have to do with the security of United States? Increasingly think tanks, policymakers, and academics alike are recognizing the power of “soft power” in developing societies. Or rather, they are recognizing that there is a link between the economic development and empowerment of a society and its overall level… Read more »

  • Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance

    Yesterday the CGA had the honor of having Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, come talk to us about microfinance. Zafar, a former World Bank employee, discussed the origins of her organization. At the start of her career, Zafar worked in the Water and Sanitation department of the World Bank, and did not… Read more »

  • MDG Review Summit & Clinton Global Initiative Meetings

    A recent poll I stumbled upon via UN News Wire asks readers what they thought was the most important lesson learned from the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goal Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meetings, which took Manhattan and the world by storm last week. The answer? With an overwhelming 46+ percentage of the vote, the answer… Read more »

  • China & the U.S.: The Greentech “Race”

    Recently I stumbled upon an interesting article that was originally published in the Yale Environment 360 online magazine — the title of the piece was “Are America’s Fears of a Greentech Race with China Unfounded?” At the bottom of the article there was a voting function where readers could opine on whether they believed the U.S. should fear a greening… Read more »

  • Saudi Arabia’s Regional Threats

    Saudi Arabia is surrounded by some of the most unstable and dangerous countries in the Middle East, as the Kingdom shares a 814-kilometer boundary with Iraq, 1,458-kilometer boundary with Yemen, 2,510-kilometer coastline on the Gulf and the Red Sea with Iran — which is only a five-minute jet fighter flight away. So, Saudi Arabia is confronted… Read more »

  • The Flower that Fuels the War

    The New York Times reported on Sunday that the NATO forces in the town of Marja no longer seek to eradicate the poppy fields, as they are trying to build support among the villagers rather than destroy more livelihoods. While the new burst of conflict-sensitivity is welcome, the real conundrum remains. Eradicating the poppy plantations has hurt the poorest… Read more »

  • The Fairer Sex?

    One of the reasons to invade Afghanistan was to liberate the population from the medieval rule of the Taliban. In most senses that has happened, as the Taliban is only strong in pockets and has recently been facing a military surge. All of that being said, there has been rising discomfort that the new government… Read more »

  • Iran Going Nuclear: The Way Ahead

    Iran is trying to become the indispensable power in the region,1 but has not been able to translate its geopolitical assets — from being at crossroads between the Caspian, the Gulf, the Arab world and the subcontinent2 — into political advantages leading to regional hegemony. The Iranian nuclear program unites most countries in the region and beyond, who… Read more »