Ambassador Dennis Ross to speak on Middle East challenges

With a new administration in Washington raising questions about the future of U.S. Middle East policy, expect an Indiana University Bloomington lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross to provide insight on what to expect. Ross, a key figure in developing, implementing and analyzing U.S. policies in the Middle East for nearly three decades, will speak on […]

‘Brexit’ vote pits independence and identity against economic concerns

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Today’s “Brexit” vote will decide the future of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe. Public opinion polls have swayed and show a divided U.K. Results are expected early Friday. The vote is a manifestation of an underlying problem for European integration: The European Union fosters multilateral institutions but […]

Scholar: Islamic State ‘twists and manipulates’ jihad, Muslim history

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The promises of the Islamic State continue to attract young Muslims from around the world to fight under a declared combative jihad. By appropriating a new and broader reference to jihad, which traditionally refers to self-defense in the face of an imminent outside threat or an internal struggle, […]

‘Indiana in the World’ panelists link food production, global engagement

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Despite representing a relatively small proportion of the global population, Indiana has a large international footprint. Indiana’s industries, the legacy of Indiana public officials and the role of IU as a global institution put Hoosiers at the forefront of foreign policy concerns. The final session of the “American’s […]

Panelists question prospects for ‘grand strategy’

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Despite an effort to plan, the habitual reliance on old scripts and the impossibility of predicting future events leave U.S. foreign policy vulnerable. A grand strategy might offer a roadmap toward achieving the nation’s intersecting, and sometimes conflicting, goals abroad. “Presidential administrations have long sought the holy grail […]

SGIS panelists: Next steps in nonproliferation will be challenging

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Although presidential hopefuls may debate nonproliferation concerns in terms of ideals, the next president will be forced to forge a path within the constraints of America’s historical strategies, experts said at an Indiana University conference. Past nuclear nonproliferation strategies may not dictate future plans but they do construct […]

Like it or not, US must engage with Middle East, panelists say

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Foreign policy decisions never exist in a bubble. Whichever presidential candidate takes office in 2017 will inherit, willingly or not, a Middle Eastern geopolitical scene with not only competing regional players but also a history of conflicting American policies. Future policymakers will be forced to follow a series […]

Human rights in the world: SGIS panelists optimistic despite challenges

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After a decades-long global decline in democracy, the next American president’s ideals and pragmatic approach loom large for the trajectory of human rights worldwide. But no singular solution is obvious as issues of human rights grow out of almost every other policy area and usually require complex multilateral […]

IU geographer: Syrian refugees present complex humanitarian challenge

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Around 12 million Syrians, nearly half of the country’s population, are displaced. More than 42,000 try to leave the country each day. As refugees seek basic living conditions worldwide, regional countries are increasingly strained financially and questions about the European response grow progressively tense. Beyond the financial or […]

IU experts share insights on 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Just days away from the Dec. 11 conclusion of COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, agreements continue to fall short in the face of heightened stakes on the environment and security. For the first time since international environment talks began in the 1970s, the global […]