Implications and Impressions from the Opening Session of the 65th Annual UN/DPI NGO Conference

In the time prior to the Opening Session of the 65th Annual UN/DPI NGO Conference, the hallways, conference rooms, aisles, and seats of the United Nations were filled with attendees from highly diverse backgrounds and industries. When introducing myself as a blogger for DPI/NGO and as a representative of American University’s School of International Service Online...

The Essential Resource Guide for the United Nations DPI/NGO Conference #UNNGO2014

The 65th Annual United Nations (UN) DPI/NGO Conference, 2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda, will be held at UN headquarters August 27–29, 2014. The theme of the conference is ‘The role of civil society in the post-2015 development agenda.” The conference features numerous workshops, roundtables, and sessions...

Security Threat Analysis: ISIS

In mid-June, a group of militant Islamic extremists launched a coordinated assault across northern Iraq, seizing large territories including major towns and cities. Iraqi security forces, in the face of the onslaught, were able to do very little in defense of their country...

Faculty Book Recommendations

The International Relations Online at American University faculty is dedicated to providing information and teachings on topics central to international relations. We asked economics Professor Dr. Stephen Silvia, and politics of global development Professor Dr. Eve Bratman what IR books they recommend to read this summer...

India’s National Elections: Significance for Global Democracy and US Foreign Policy

For several weeks in April and May, Indians were at the polls to elect their new government. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dominated results, winning 282 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament. After BJP’s victory, its leader, Narendra Modi, was sworn in as prime minister on May 26...

Q&A with Alec Ross, Former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross, one of today’s leading thinkers on innovation, has spent his career helping investors, corporations, and government leaders better understand the implications for technology in the public sphere. I asked Ross for his thoughts on technology, censorship, and the private sector’s role in development. Here’s what he had to say...