Netanyahu’s Coalition Games

Foreign Affairs – Former Fellow Neri Zilber has written a new article on the recent upheaval in Israeli politics, when Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog entered into talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about joining the current government only to have the deal fall apart. According to Zilber, “Herzog has become a laughingstock,

Introducing the 2016 ICWA Fellow

Institute of Current World Affairs awards 2016 Fellowship to Onyinye Edeh for work on Girls’ Empowerment in Nigeria Washington – The Institute of Current World Affairs proudly announces the winner of the 2016 ICWA Fellowship, Onyinye Edeh of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Ms. Edeh’s two-year ICWA Fellowship will be in Nigeria and Niger where she will

In the Know – The Bonjour Effect

The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed, the latest book on French language and culture from past ICWA Fellows Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau received a glowing review in The New York Times Book Review this week. Molly Young writes that The Bonjour Effect, the latest of Barlow and Nadeau’s several books on France

What Can a National Park Do?

“Mexico has many good laws.” Professor Martín Soto leans back from behind a clump of papers on his desk and sighs. “It’s the enforcement that lacks.” I’m sitting in Martin’s office on the second story of the Marine Science and Limnology Institute in Mazatlán, Mexico. The building hangs on the edge of a cliff above the turquoise water,

The Geopolitics of LGBT Rights Conference

Read ICWA Fellow’s Robbie Corey-Boulet’s recap & watch the video here. In May of 2016, ICWA co-hosted a major conference on the struggle for LBGT rights around the globe. Keynote speaker Randy Berry, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT persons will present along with panelists from five continents. The event was hosted in partnership

‘Panama Papers’ in Perspective – Tracing Illicit Capital Flows

Renowned expert and ICWA Trustee Krishen Mehta explains how some $30 trillion in illicit capital flows to secrecy jurisdictions keep poor countries mired in poverty and increase global insecurity for everyone. Widely consulted, Mr. Mehta appears in the acclaimed documentary, ‘The Price We Pay.’

“Now the Writing Starts”: An Interview with Adonis

18 April 2016 Dear Edward, In January, I had the distinct honor of meeting Adonis, the Syrian poet who is perhaps the preeminent public intellectual in the Arab world. He is an innovator of the prose poem in Arabic, a literary scholar and translator, an ardent secularist, and a lightning rod. Some background: Born Ali Ahmad Said Esber in a small village

Update from Puerto Chiapas

We just crossed the dreaded Gulf of Tehuantepec: the southernmost gulf in Pacific Mexico, where winds funnel out of the Caribbean, howling down across land to gobble up sailboats in the Pacific with 20-30′ waves. We grabbed our weather window and raced Prism on a double overnight to Puerto Chiapas. A great adventure and test piece accomplished