Is Our Increasing Consumption a Sign of Our Prosperity?

I wanted to share with the readership a blog that I wrote this week for The NEP-HIS Blog in response to Dr. Bruce Sacerdote’s working paper “Fifty Years of Growth in American Consumption, Income, and Wages.” I thought it was important to approach this from our “glocal” perspective in order to better understand the historical dynamic of […]

The March for Science and the Fragmentation of the Opposition in the USA

The recent march for science that was initially inspired by the U.S. scientific community’s initiative to protest the scientific denials of President Trump’s administration and the potential cuts on scientific funding, and that ignited other science agenda-based marches across the world, confirms the failure of the silo-driven opposition movements across the United States.   This march is […]

A Local Strategy for the Global Migration Crisis

There’s no question that the world is currently facing a global migration crisis. Approximately 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide; of these, roughly 21 million are refugees (those who have crossed an international border in search of security) and of these 21 million over half are children.[1] From a structural/security perspective and a […]

Top-Down Formulas do not Work

At the recent Camden Conference global experts in the field of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDP) discussed the importance of their work and their contribution to solving the humanitarian cause.[1] The conversation quickly escalated into a Western anti-Trump rally and a plea for greater financial support for multilateral agencies working on the issue of […]

The Role of the Media in Global Politics

After the initial release of the Russian dossiers into the public sphere, I tried to take a (naive) journalistic standpoint, and defend the media’s publication of the private information. I attempted to justify CNN and argue that it was their obligation as a professional and credible news source to publicize the Russian dossiers. Upon reflection, […]

From Internationalism to Realism, at what Cost?

President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech was concrete and to the point, and in the case of Foreign Policy it delineated a shift away from Internationalism and toward a nationalist Realist approach. By declaring that, “from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” he was telling the American people and the international community […]

Goodbye Status Quo?

It has been difficult to write and put together cohesive thoughts after the elections in November, not because of the result but because of the reactions from social, political, and economic actors that supported the Democratic Party. In this past month I have preferred to observe the anger unfold from the sideline then to become […]

The World Ahead of Us

The wave of electoral shocks has now reached us. Brexit, the Colombian vote against peace, and now Donald Trump’s presidential election victory shows that the experts, analysts, statisticians, the polling systems, and media are pure bluff. The truth continues to rest on the backs of constituents and not on the backs of the speculative voices […]