Sustainability and Our Global Perspectives

Limited Intentions-Broad Implications: The Continuing Impact of the U.S.-Led Invasion of Iraq

In the international system, one action can have far reaching consequences, and the intended objectives do not necessarily define the resulting outcomes. The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq is a perfect example of this occurrence. Originally intended to remove suspected… Continue Reading →

Watered Down Reality: How Oversimplified Data Impact Perception of Water Security in the MENA Region

Water is essential for life, and yet, it occupies so little space in the minds of most Americans. I, for one, rarely consider the commodity beyond basic thoughts of hydration. For me, clean water is a given, unlimited access an… Continue Reading →

The Temporal Nature of “Othering”: Why Changing Parameters Necessitate a Change in Perspective

Franklin, Tennessee is in the South, and yet, it is no longer “the South”. This statement may seem contradictory, so allow me to explain as someone who has lived in the area for the past four years. When Southerners say… Continue Reading →

The Question of Commonality: The Way “Home” Shapes Similarities and Facilitates Differences

For the past four years, I have called Franklin, Tennessee home. Its culture and idiosyncrasies have shaped my thinking and my values. In so many ways, although I have lived there for a relatively short time, it is the place… Continue Reading →

Facilitating Factors: An Exploration of the Determinants of Sustainable Progress in the Global South

Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to study economic and social growth in Singapore, a small island city-state in Southeast Asia. As a main focus of the project, I examined their progress toward attaining the United Nations… Continue Reading →

Perspectives at Play: How One’s View of the International System Impacts Understanding of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

This past Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Dr. Ian Lustick on his book, Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality. During this presentation, Dr. Lustick reflected on the history of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict… Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Reflections: Reactions to the Clarke Forum’s Panel on the Ukraine-Russia War

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion reflecting on the Ukraine-Russia War after one year. The event, hosted by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, began with an examination of current ground conflict as illustrated by… Continue Reading →

Otherness and Individuality: How Exclusion Impacts the Way We See Those Around Us

In early January of this year, I returned to college a few days early to participate in tour guide training. During that weekend, one information session focused on the idea of inclusivity and belonging. The presentation started with a single… Continue Reading →

The House that Built Me (And You): How “Home” Shapes Our Differing Perspectives

Last week, I had the opportunity to virtually meet with students from the American University of Sharjah as part of a class exchange facilitated by the Stevens Initiative. We discussed much, from the purpose of our partnership to future plans… Continue Reading →

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