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...

Sequestration: Perhaps a Silver Lining for US Foreign Assistance (Part 2/2)

March 20, 2013

New technologies and civil society engagement can provide better results through foreign assistance from the US to the Middle East. This is the final part. Read part one here. New Models of Citizen Engagement American funding of overseas development initiatives is not, however, limited to...

Sequestration: Perhaps a Silver Lining for US Foreign Assistance (Part 1/2)

March 18, 2013

New technologies and civil society engagement can provide better results through foreign assistance from the US to the Middle East. This is the first of two parts. The American relationship with the Arab world has been in place since the Jeffersonian era. It was forged at a time when uncompromised...