CGA students Jane McClenahan and Richa Sadana recently published articles on the website Tutawaza. Jane wrote about Rwanda’s pro-poor tourism efforts, including a 227-kilometer hike & bike trail along Lake Kivu. The project gives tourists a chance to engage with local communities. and rural communities a chance to join in the country’s fast-growing economy. View the article here. (more…)
Professor Colette Mazzucelli, MSGA alumni, and graduate candidates were invited to participate on November 15 and 16 in an interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by Fordham University, UNDP, and Social Tap, Inc. dedicated to Haiti: Post-Disaster Reconstruction, Sustainability & Development. On November 16 Prof. Mazzucelli presented with Hugh Locke, author of The Haiti Experiment, Joe Duplan, President and Co-Founder of KONPAY, and Benjamin Krause, Chief of Staff, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), founded by Sean Penn. Their panel discussions explored how universities may engage in promoting environmental alternatives for sustainable reconstruction & development in Haiti. (more…)
The US Treasury’s decision to take action against Grigory Lepsveridze — better known as Grigory Leps — whom they allege is connected with Russian organized crime has created a furore in Russia, where he is one of their highest-grossing popular musicians. Not only are people wondering why an entertainer whose earnings for this year alone are reportedly $15 million would courier money for drug barons, but the claim that he is connected to a criminal organization called the “Brother’s Circle” (whose existence is questionable and denied by the Russian authorities) has made this a hot political topic. CGA’s Prof. Mark Galeotti, an authority on Russian crime, has been much in demand, including an interview for Russian TV channel NTV’s flagship news program. The concern is inevitably that these allegations will only hinder efforts to improve law-enforcement cooperation between Russia and the USA.
On September 24, a group of twenty MSGA candidates attended a United Nations General Assembly program, End Rape in War, hosted jointly by the Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom, William Hague MP, and Mrs Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The UNGA program, which included member state remarks in support of a Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict by over 120 countries, also featured opening statements by Mr. Hague, Mrs. Bangura, Ms. Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and a representative from the Survivors Speak Out Network. Graduate students used social media to live tweet their impressions during the program. Afterwards the NYU group attended a special meeting with Under-Secretary General Bangura in her Office at the Secretariat accompanied by Prof. Colette Mazzucelli.
Last week, I used my column in the Moscow News to ruminate about the Federal Protection Service (FSO), and the paradox raised by the sight of an officer hurriedly relighting the Olympic torch with his cigarette lighter, that this is at once one of the most visible yet secretive agencies within the Russian security apparatus. I wanted to use my blog—where I don’t have to worry about word limits!—to revisit that text and develop some of the thoughts within it.