The Singapore Story Has Lessons

September 28, 2015

Fifty years after independence, one of the smallest but wealthiest nations has again reached a crucial moment in time. A mixture of a land and sea creature, the Merlion is a strange icon for a former colony to adopt. The Merlion, which was developed by the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964, today...

Remittances Play a Dual Role in Developing Economies

April 03, 2015

Remittances play a vital role in spurring economic development and providing financial assistance to those in need. Western Union’s distinct yellow and black signs litter small towns across America. One of their largest customer bases are migrants who regularly visit their local Western Union...

Local Empowerment: Combating Security Threats in Africa

September 23, 2014

Concepts of local empowerment can combat both hard and soft security threats in Africa. There is currently an increasing amount of media attention on wildlife poaching in Africa, particularly in relation to the money it injects into local and regional terrorists groups, such as al-Shabab in the...

Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 2/2)

October 25, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal...

Pakistan Calling: A Candid View (Part 1/2)

October 20, 2013

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? This is the first of a two part series. In a conversation with Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh, the Director of The Samosa, Anwar Akhtar, discusses the origins of Pakistan Calling: a film project in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts...

Refugees and Borders

June 18, 2013

Refugees are created by untenable circumstances within boundaries formed by the West. Late last fall, I was sitting outside in our farm yard in Vermont, just south of the Canadian border. My wife and I were remarking on the influx of the Common Red Poll, a bird not often seen in such numbers where...

VIDEO: Do You Believe This is Indeed “Africa’s Turn”?

The IBGC and conference media partner Fair Observer interviewed many of the "Africa's Turn?" conference speakers. This video montage features their compelling responses to the question: Do you believe this is indeed "Africa's Turn?" The Fletcher's School's...

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The North – South Trench in Rio+20

July 31, 2012

The 3rd preparatory committee meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development closed without agreement. With negotiations hitting a bottleneck, it was left to the Brazilian hosts of the Rio+20 conference to take over the process rush an agreement before final meetings. The text of the...