April 28, 2017

Crimea and Beyond: Russia and Its Neighbors

Several perspectives — from political realism to an em1464605_10102150611060000_1110773902_nbrace of Ukrainian nationalism.  Is it folly for Europe and the U.S. to raise Ukraine’s hopes?  If we don’t commit to the country’s sovereignty, are betraying our principles?
I was pleased to see so many of you at the panel and hope you’ll share your own thoughts below.  And — it should go without saying — please disagree with any panelist you please, including me.  You can’t get to “truth unto its innermost parts” without honest debate.

“Girl Rising” and Conversation with Justin Reeves

You’ve seen the film.  You’ve heard about the movement and the “Girl Rising” campaign.

Now consider: what’s next?  Can you imagine challenges the campaign might face?  Are there some places its more likely to succeed than others?  Is there anything you would do differently?Girl Rising Movie Poster



South Sudan Teach-in: What Have We Learned?

Thanks to all the panelists, participants, and guests of tonight’s teach-in on South SudanI was delighted to hear Mangok’s voice from Juba, but also learned a lot about tensions within South Sudan and the United Nations’ response.

For those of you unfamiliar with the background, I strongly recommend this Boston Globe article.  In short: Mangok is from South Sudan, a newly-independent country that has recently suffered from internal conflict.  During the most recent violence, four of Mangok’s young relatives were abducted by armed gunman; the gunman also killed the children’s parents, Mangok’s brother and sister-in-law.

For those of you who would like to help cover the expenses of recovering and resettling Mangok’s young relatives, please see this site.

If you were able to attend the teach-in, I am wondering:

What did you make of the South Sudanese call for accountability for crimes such as child abduction?  Why does the United Nations Mission in South Sudan strive to remain neutral on questions of inter-tribal disputes?

Did you think the rest of the world should intervene in South Sudan’s crisis?  If so, what kind of intervention do you think would be most effective?

Any other thoughts?

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