A native of Germany, Laura has earned her BFA in Musical Theater, a Certificate in Screen Writing, a Certificate in 16mm Film Production, an MA in Media Studies, and an MA in International Affairs. She lives in New York City.
Lauren Young is currently a research assistant looking at governance and private sector investment in Africa at the Center for Global Development. Lauren joins CGD from Monrovia where she worked for the past year in Liberia facilitating projects related to returnee reintegration as a Grants Manager for the American Refugee Committee. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and honors in International Security Studies.
Leigh Held is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication. During her time in Boston she worked as a nighthawk on the Boston Globe’s sports desk and for CFO magazine. She began writing her first novel as a senior in college, and is now working on the second. Currently, she freelances her work can be also be found at www.buzzine.com.
Lisa M. Allen holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently enrolled in the Terrorism Studies Certificate Program through the University of St. Andrews, and is a Terrorism Blogger for the Foreign Policy Association. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Guáqueta studied economics at Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds a master's degree in international affairs from The New School. Her interests include the urban dynamics of Latin America, especially the role of cities and local governments in international issues. She is both fascinated by and fearful of boarded up windows and doors, and, for some strange reason, takes many photos of abandonded industrial structures.
Born in Costa Rica, Lucía lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her production comprises painting, video, and installation. Lucía studied painting at the Universidad de Costa Rica (1995-2000) and she was awarded with the DAAD (German Service for Academic Exchange) Artist’s Scholarship to study Media Art in the Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe- Germany (2003-4).
M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, a Foreign Policy In Focus contributor, lives in New York. He has been published in several outlets, including Altmuslim.com, Antiwar.com, and The Nation's website. He writes about America and Islam on his website, Crossing the Crescent.
Malalai Joya is one of Afghanistan’s leading democracy activists. In 2005, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Afghan parliament. She was suspended in 2007 for her denunciation of warlords and their cronies in government. She has just written her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Woman Who Dared to Speak Out (Scribner, 2009). Visit her personal website here.
Marianna Gurtovnik's interests lie in foreign policy, international security, and energy security. She has written on these topics for World Politics Review, Transitions Online, and the Congressionally-funded Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). For PNSR, she completed research studies on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Government's response to the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and the Suez Canal Crisis (1956). She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC.
Marie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University and a M.A. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research. While in New York, she was a Women in International Leadership Fellow at International House and a student fellow at the India China Institute. She taught in China and did field work in India on “development projects, human displacement, and the U.N. Global Compact.”
Marion Arnaud is Project Officer at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). The Coalition, launched in January 2009, is hosted by the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). Currently composed of 16 organizations from all regions of the world, the Coalition works to advance RtoP at the international, regional and national levels.
Martin Searle graduated with a B.A. in European Social and Political Studies from University College London. He subsequently worked for an international risk management company, and then on a campaign for the European Election held in 2009. He is now a graduate student of International Affairs at the New School.
Mary K. Refling completed her Ph.D. in Italian at Columbia University and teaches as an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College. Recent scholarly activities include the translation of a novel on the 11th Century Duchess of Normandy, Sibilla of Altavilla, and a scholarly monograph on student and faculty activism at the medieval University of Paris.
Matthew Young is a DJ, artist, and designer. Spinning records since 1993, he is an avid collector of soulful music from around the globe. With DJ sets ranging from house music in Washington, DC to reggae in Shanghai, he is currently active in the nightlife scene in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Matthew is called Chewie by his mates, DJ Chew Rocks by clubgoers, and Madhav by his in-laws.
Max Weintraub received his Ph.D. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2006, where he completed his dissertation on the art of Bruce Nauman. Max has worked in curatorial and educational departments at the Denver Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. From 2006-08 he was the curator of The Reis Collection of Modern & Contemporary Art in New York City.
Meg Beach-Hacking holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. A self-described “citizen of the world,” her youth was spent cultivating irreplaceable life experiences in Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe, and South America. An amateur psychoanalyst, she explores the interactions of characters in film and how the character’s own psychological development affects his or her interpersonal relationships.
Michael J. Jordan is a Lesotho-based foreign correspondent who has reported from two dozen countries over the past 17 years. He is a long-time correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor -- serving as the Monitor's correspondent in Budapest, at the United Nations, and Bratislava -- and also writes for Foreign Policy, Harvard's Nieman Reports, and many others. In addition to reporting, Michael is a three-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University in its International Journalism program. He has also taught at the University of Sts.
Michael Marquand is a commercial photographer from Seattle, Washington. His published works include catalogues, advertising, and various editorials. His favorite projects, however, are documentary in nature. He now resides in New York City. More of his work can be viewed on his website: MarquandPhoto.com.
Minal Bopaiah is a media consultant and founder of Brevity & Wit (www.brevityandwit.com), which specializes in developing media strategies for social enterprises. You can follow her on Twitter @mbopaiah or contact her at minal(at)brevityandwit.com.
A born and bred Capetonian, Miné Venter enjoys nothing more than wasting time with her three canine children, Sammy, Lani, and Lilo; spending countless hours in dark and musty second-hand bookshops; and frequenting the many coffee shops in and around Cape Town. She is currently conducting research for her doctoral studies at Stellenbosch University.
Natalia Cardona is Advocacy Coordinator for Social Watch, a South based network of more than 250 civil society organizations located around the globe, which works to hold governments accountable for the commitments they have made to reduce poverty and increase gender equality. She recently traveled to Uruguay.
Navjot Singh, a British writer and freelance journalist, is the author of: Newcomer's Handbook Country Guide: China: Including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen (Firstbooks & InkwaterPress, U.S.A., 2008), and also China: The Business Traveller's Handbook (Stacey International, U.K., 2009). He has lived and worked in China for many years.
If my former students could describe me in five words, one of those adjectives would be listed. My work involves and array of interests including political socialization, peace education, yoga studies and dance/choreography/photography. In the future, I hope to work for Sesame Street, Alvin Ailey and have my own organization for young, creative women to build their careers in dance and theater.
Nicola Macnaughton graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Politics in 2006. She is currently volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) – an international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
Born in 1989 in Tehran, Iran, Obaash started his first band at the age of 15, covering punk songs by Iggy Pop, The Stooges, Misfits, and Rancid. In 2007, he joined the Yellow Dogs, a band that was instrumental in building an underground rock scene in Tehran. Three years later the Yellow Dogs played their first legal show… in Istanbul, Turkey. Since then they have traveled the United States and were featured in the documentary No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009). http://www.myspace.com/theyellowdogsband / http://www.theyellowdogsband.com/
Odimegwu Onwumere is a member of Poets for Human Rights and a Resident Poet for Champions For Nigeria, United Kingdom. Odimegwu is a voracious reader, professional and prolific writer, researcher, journalist, poet, thinker, social critic, political analyst, and activist. He has published two books: Piquant: Love Poems To Prince Tonye Princewill (2008) and The Many Wrong Doings of Madam Do-Good (2009), and has many unpublished manuscripts looking for a publisher.
Omar Abdullah al-Fotihi was born and raised in Sana’a, Yemen. He spent his senior year of high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. before returning to work in Yemen for two years. He is currently studying peace and global studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Padmini Narumanchi has been an educator in New York City since 2002, and has most recently taught documentary filmmaking to teens in Brooklyn. She is interested in the intersection of global environmental sustainability, psychology, gender and ethnicity in film. She is a writer, photographer and film lover. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Film Studies), the University of Southern California (M.F.A., Film and Video Production) and Long Island University (M.S. Ed, Secondary Education).
Patricia (Tricia) DeGennaro is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Department of Politics where she teaches courses on international security, U.S. foreign policy, and civilian and military relations. In addition to her work as a professor, she is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and a professional service provider and a subject matter expert on Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Arab Guff States, Pakistan, and Iran for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.
Patrick Nolan Guyer is a statistician with the American Human Development Project at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, NY. Patrick holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MA in International Affairs from the New School. He has researched and written on human development and human rights in various contexts and also counts among his interests the study of languages, electoral politics throughout the Americas, and strategies for sustainable marine resource management. He also dances, quite badly, but with much gusto.
Born in Baghdad in 1953, Qasim Sabti graduated from the Baghdad Academy of Fine Arts (1980) and now teaches art in his home city. A painter and a collagist, Sabti's work has been featured in nine solo exhibitions in Baghdad, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Kyoto. Currently he is the Vice President of the Iraqi Plastic Artists Society, Secretary of the Iraqi Cultural Council, and owner of the Hewar Art Gallery in Baghdad. www.qasimsabti.com.
Ruthie Ackerman is a senior fellow at the World Policy Insitute and the founder of Ceasefire Liberia, a hyperlocal blog project that focuses on Liberia and the diaspora. Learn more about Ceasefire Liberia here.
Sahar Sarshar is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Washington, DC. She received her Master’s in Film and Video from Emerson College in Boston. Writing in Motion: A Nation Divided is her first full-length documentary. Sahar's works are mostly short form documentaries and video stories, which she produces for Voice of America. Although born in Texas, Sahar has spent her pinnacle years living in Iran and the UK. Her experiences there and also traveling to many other countries influenced her scope of the world.
Sandeep Pattnaik works for the National Center for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) in Pune, India, protecting the rights of indigenous people and the environment. Mr. Pattnaik has a long record of working to mobilize vulnerable communities, undertaking direct action, and using progressive legislation to hold the state responsible and accountable to the people.
Sarah D. Schulman is the graphic artist-in-residence for The Mantle. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. In addition to graphic design, she works as a freelance digital video editor. Sarah likes knitting and comic books, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Teitt is the Outreach Director at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protrect (APR2P), where she is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to foster dialogue among various government and civil society stakeholders in the region, facilitating the building of national R2P programmes, and encouraging the adoption of measures to implement the Responsibility to Protect in the Asia Pacific.
Savita Pawnday works at the Global Centre for the Responibility to Protect. Prior to joining the Global Centre, she was a research associate at the Program on States and Security at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. Savita has worked in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi with Catholic Relief Services, in New York with Trickle Up, a microfinance NGO, and in India at Akanksha. She holds a M.A. from Fordham University in political economy and development, with a specialization in political economy of civil wars and a B.A. in Economics from St.
Savo Heleta works on the South Sudan Executive Leadership Program. He is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as well as the author of Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia (AMACOM Books, 2008). Visit www.savoheleta.com for more info. Savo can be reached at email@example.com.
Sehba Sarwar is a multidisciplinary artist whose prose, poetry, video, and performance art tackle race, class and gender issues. Born and raised in a home filled with artists, educators and activists in Karachi, Pakistan, she learned at a young age to speak out against inequity. Over the last decade, Sarwar‘s writings have appeared in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines in India, Pakistan, and the U.S. Her work explores women’s issues at a global level and straddles two continents, moving between South Asia and the United States.
Shaun Randol is the founder and editor of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN American Center. His personal website is shaunrandol.com and you can follow him on Twitter @shaunrandol.
Born in Ethiopia and current resident of Brooklyn, NY, Sheba is a singer, songwriter, producer, and founder of the independent record label (S)onic Dynasty. Her album, “The Lion of Sheba,” an amalgam of urban, African, dancehall, and reggae music, will be released in early 2011. For more on Sheba, visit http://www.therealsheba.com/.
Shirley Zhao (趙曉瑩) is a journalism student at Hong Kong Baptist University focusing on international news reporting. She interned at Nanfang News Corporation, one of the biggest media groups in China and has also reported on international issues like the segregation of Roma children in Czech Republic. Currently, Shirley covers a wide range of aspects of greater China. Learn more here: http://killuazxy.wordpress.com/.
Skye Dobson is founder and director of The Wembly Fund, a non-profit that supports grassroots child-welfare initiatives in Africa. She also serves on the board of African Children's Haven, where she is heavily involved in the organization’s East Africa programs. Skye is in the final semester of a Master's degree in International Affairs at the New School and serves as president of the school’s Project Africa organization.
Soniah Kamal was born in Pakistan and raised in England and Saudi Arabia. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy with Honors from St. John's College Annapolis, MD. Soniah's undergraduate thesis, an analysis of the individual against society as seen in love and arranged marriages, was the recipient of the Susan B. Irene Award. Her essays, short stories, and book reviews have been published in the U.S., UK, Canada, Pakistan, and India. Soniah is currently serving as Co-VP of Programs for The Atlanta Writers Club, a 100 year-old organization with seven hundred plus members.
Todd Lester is currently the Executive Director of Global Arts Corps, an organization that creates theatre to advance reconciliation in societies emerging from violent conflict. Previously, he founded freeDimensional, an organization that supports activists and artists-in-distress by providing safe haven in artist residencies.
Tolu Ogunlesi works as features editor with NEXT, a daily newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the Geckos Singing from a Balcony (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella, Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray, 2008). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, in 2008 the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship, and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham, England. He won the Arts and Culture Prize in the 2009 CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards.
Vicente Garcia Groyon has published a novel, The Sky over Dimas (De La Salle University Press, 2003), and a collection of short stories, On Cursed Ground and Other Stories (University of the Philippines Press, 2004), as well as edited anthologies of Philippine short fiction. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from De La Salle University-Manila, where he teaches while completing a PhD in Literature.
With a background in accounting, communications, business development, marketing, and program development, Wil currently serves as Publisher of The Mantle. Wil manages the communications outreach of The Mantle, as well as expanding business development partnership opportunities.
William Harvey, the founder and executive director of Cultures in Harmony, has recently been named the Violin and Viola Teacher for the Ministry of Education in Kabul, Afghanistan, a post he will hold concurrently with his position with CiH. He will teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Since 2005, he has led 16 Cultures in Harmony projects in 11 countries.
The World Policy Blog is the online counterpart of World Policy Journal - selected readings, expert analysis, and original opinions that complement the broader agenda of the quarterly magazine.
These short articles present points of view that transcend the traditional foreign-versus-domestic policy divide, reflecting the global perspective required for politics, business, and policy today. The WP Blog publishes a range of voices from around the world, chosen for the quality of their ideas and analysis, as well as their ability to chronicle the societies where they live.
Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American writer. He is the author of three collections: Signposts to Elsewhere (aphorisms), Trial by Ink (essays) and Fever Dreams (poetry). For more information, please, visit: http://www.pw.org/content/yahia_lababidi.