Mandela Washington Fellows hear IU students’ personal experiences helping their communities

Post by IU Newsroom intern Amanda Marino When Ph.D. candidate A’ame Joslin was growing up in rural Indiana, her family relied heavily on the government and members of their community to help them with financial troubles. Despite their needs, Joslin said she and her sister were still actively involved in community service. She said her […]

Former Chinese ambassador and GOP candidate offers perspectives on state visit and campaign

China has been a frequent target of political rhetoric during the current presidential campaign, particularly among Republican candidates. But Jon Huntsman, a Republican who in 2012 unsuccessfully ran for the nation’s top office, said it is a mistake for candidates to simply criticize China. Instead, they need to highlight the challenges and possible solutions. “I […]

IU School of Global and International Studies hosts its first Diplomat in Residence

Guest post courtesy of Lee Feinstein, dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies: Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies hosted its first Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, in Bloomington for two weeks in May. I got to know Gareth while serving in government and later serving together […]

Successful Chinese research center at IU transitioning into a think tank

About halfway through her career as an Indiana University professor, Joyce Yanyun Man founded and successfully led a “think tank” in Beijing. From 2007 to 2013, while on leave from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Man was founding director of the Peking University Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. An […]

Panel at IU Bloomington will discuss U.S. news media’s coverage of Islam and Muslims

Millions worldwide join the Japanese people in mourning the latest victim beheaded by Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Muslims in France and elsewhere decry the recent attack on satire magazine Charlie Hebdo by extremists. Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has created havoc in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, through a series of bombings, assassinations […]

Greece’s new finance minister gave a preview of his policies during a visit to IU Bloomington

As Greek voters gave the anti-austerity party Syriza a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, two Indiana University professors reflected on the recent visit to Bloomington by someone who is expected to play a pivotal role in the Mediterranean nation’s future, Yanis Varoufakis. Alexis Tsipras was sworn as Greece’s new prime minster on Monday. One […]

What Washington needs: No rhetoric, just some sensible IU expertise about the “fiscal cliff”

President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders now have less than three weeks to hammer out a tax and spending deal ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Unless an agreement is reached, a set of automatic tax increases and spending cuts could have a dramatic impact on the economy. Among […]

Lessons in democracy, American and Egyptian style

Many Americans have joined billions of people worldwide in observing a historic period in history in the Middle East, commonly known as the “Arab Spring.” Beginning with protests in Tunisia in December of 2010, a tidal wave of people has been calling for change across the region. Since then, governments have been overthrown in four […]