Hundreds of Somalis complete military training: Heading home to boost the forces fighting Al Shabaab.

Great article on what will hopefully be just the first trained Somali troops going back to fight Al Shabab. Hundreds of Somalis complete military training: Heading home to boost the forces fighting Al Shabaab..

Chicago a Global Powerhouse

Chicago is second only to New York among American cities according to measures of ‘Global Clout‘. This according to a recent index based on cities’ results to five surveys related to global city power. This places it ahead of more populous Los Angeles! It is also ahead of Washington, DC, perhaps the world’s greatest hubContinue reading “Chicago a Global Powerhouse”

International Challenges, Local Solutions: Cook County Combats Human Trafficking

Hundreds of girls are kidnapped. Often they endure intense pain and humiliation as they are branded like animals. The abuse only gets worse. They are soon sent out into the street to become child prostitutes. On the rare occasion that local authorities do find out about this modern-day slavery, it is almost always the childContinue reading “International Challenges, Local Solutions: Cook County Combats Human Trafficking”

Albright: “Summits Very Important” and The Search of the “Right International Institution”

A great excerpt from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (and one of my favorite professors at Georgetown) speaking in Chicago about the NATO Conference! Generally, her comments align with my recent NATO Primer. Dr. Albright reiterates the importance of the Summit as a “glue” to keep countries looking towards a “common purpose” in whatContinue reading “Albright: “Summits Very Important” and The Search of the “Right International Institution””

What’s The Whole NATO Summit About?: A Primer

After the recent decision to move the upcoming G8 conference from Chicago to Camp David in Maryland, there has been a great emphasis on the NATO Summit. But if your watching the news, the discussion is more likely directed outside of the Summit – protests. Even a lecture organized at Harper College to discuss theContinue reading “What’s The Whole NATO Summit About?: A Primer”

An Interconnected World

Globalization …There I said it. Just a few years back, the word was used to denote the thousand and one elements of the deepening connectivity ocurring across almost every political boundary. Generally globalization refers to episodes of integration in the commodity (e.g. Cokes), capital (e.g. Cash), and labor markets (http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/anrep_e/wtr08-2b_e.pdf). Expansion of all three marketsContinue reading “An Interconnected World”