Remembering Congressman Donald M. Payne

March 07, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Foreign Policy

By Victor C Johnson

Congressman Don Payne, who represented Newark, New Jersey, in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years, died March 6 of colon cancer. His death represents the passing of yet another member of a unique generation of members of Congress who respected the institution and sought election to it because they took policy seriously and saw it as a means of doing good for people both in America and... See More

We Have a Listening Problem If We Aren’t Learning Foreign Languages

February 15, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Victor C. Johnson

I wanted to join the conversation about Larry Summers’s remarkable statement in a recent New York Times opinion piece about why we don’t need to learn foreign languages anymore.

Mr. Summers advances two reasons why, 25 years from now, we won’t need to know how to speak other people’s languages. First, we will all have an app for that. Well, maybe. I read in the New York Times a few days ago that they have an app now for flirting in bars, so I guess anything is possible. May he and I both live long enough to know.

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Shifting the Dialogue: Caution about War Equals Strength, Not Weakness

February 07, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Jill Welch

The criticism aimed at President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel, for possible reluctance to use force highlights a deeply troubling and largely unnoticed problem in our public psyche. We have slowly, and unknowingly, slipped into a mindset of perpetual war. Peace has become such an anomaly that we have forgotten that the use of force was once viewed as a last resort.... See More

Resolve to Educate and Advocate in 2012

January 30, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Kari Lantos

Like many of you, I tuned in to watch the State of the Union address last week. One thing that struck me was when President Obama said that “no matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken.” This made me think about the work we will need to do together to support international education in the coming year.... See More