The Art of Swiss Compromise: Reflections on a Fulbright Study/Research Grant

I TOOK a metaphorical page from William Carlos Williams’ book when I started my life in Geneva, Switzerland. Instead of reading about the region’s culture, while a full-time student at Université de Genève, I experienced it in the banal and quotidian. And as a result, I learned to consider the needs and preferences of others before my own...READ MORE

What’s the Big [Trade] Deal? The Significance of the Bali Ministerial

THE Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), held in Bali, Indonesia from December 3 – 6, 2013, brought out the best, and worst, in the World Trade Organisation and its 159 [bickering] Member States. While the achievement of an estimated $1 trillion agreement on trade facilitation (TF) is laudable—the first multilateral agreement in the Organisation’s history—the slow rate of progress on the rest of the Doha round is lamentable. Perhaps this lethargy can be explained, if not understood...READ MORE

THE Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), held in Bali, Indonesia from December 3 – 6, 2013, brought out the best, and worst, in the World Trade Organisation and its 159 [bickering] Member States.

While the achievement of an estimated $1 trillion agreement on trade facilitation (TF) is laudable—the first multilateral agreement in the Organisation’s history—the slow rate of progress on the rest of the Doha round is lamentable.

Perhaps this lethargy can be explained, if not understood...READ MORE

Meet Caroline Kirby:  Critical Language Scholar in Arabic

I ALWAYS watched the movie Grease (1978) envious of Sandy’s (Olivia Newton-John’s) summer adventures before the start of the new school year--that was before I celebrated Ramadan in Morocco during my summer break. A Critical Language Scholar in Arabic, I boarded a plane to Rabat (via Casablanca) with rudimentary Arabic-language typing skills and Al-Kitaab in hand, ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Turns out I didn’t really need either to do so...READ MORE

I ALWAYS watched the movie Grease (1978) envious of Sandy’s (Olivia Newton-John’s) summer adventures before the start of the new school year--that was before I celebrated Ramadan in Morocco during my summer break.

A Critical Language Scholar in Arabic, I boarded a plane to Rabat (via Casablanca) with rudimentary Arabic-language typing skills and Al-Kitaab in hand, ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Turns out I didn’t really need either to do so...READ MORE

Plan Ireland's Because I Am a Girl (#BIAAG) Campaign

Because I am a Girl I ask….. myself if I fit into one of two gender categories. Because I am a Girl I believe….. every individual has a unique gender identity. Because I am a Girl I hope…. my children have the courage to find theirs and the freedom to express it..READ MORE

Postal Finance in Morocco : Change Worth Saving For

EXPANDING and positioning postal networks as financial service providers can empower citizens in the Arab world to jumpstart their own economies. By offering savings accounts and other financial services, post offices can not only help individuals achieve their financial goals, but also enable them to accumulate the capital necessary to invest in firms. The potential for postal finance to transform economies in the Arab world is enormous, as private-sector growth in the region is stymied by the inability of companies to raise capital...READ MORE

EXPANDING and positioning postal networks as financial service providers can empower citizens in the Arab world to jumpstart their own economies.

By offering savings accounts and other financial services, post offices can not only help individuals achieve their financial goals, but also enable them to accumulate the capital necessary to invest in firms.

The potential for postal finance to transform economies in the Arab world is enormous, as private-sector growth in the region is stymied by the inability of companies to raise capital...READ MORE

Writing With a Lens: My Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

I AM coming of age in a time when image and sound are replacing the written word in many forms of communication. Even significant life events are flashed on Instagram before they are summarized on Facebook, or, in an even more archaic form, detailed via e-mail. As a Comparative Literature major, research became the outlet for me to both rediscover the written word and translate it into today’s audio-visual language...READ MORE

I AM coming of age in a time when image and sound are replacing the written word in many forms of communication. Even significant life events are flashed on Instagram before they are summarized on Facebook, or, in an even more archaic form, detailed via e-mail.

As a Comparative Literature major, research became the outlet for me to both rediscover the written word and translate it into today’s audio-visual language...READ MORE