AYS 2014

On Monday, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller released the results of its sixth annual Arab Youth Survey, a poll conducted to gain insight into the opinions, attitudes, and aspirations of the 200 million youth in the Middle East and North Africa. The 2014 report is the largest yet, including results from 3,500 Arab youths aged 18-24 in 16 countries.


With news breaking this week about USAID’s creation of a “Cuban Twitter,” it’s a perfect time to discuss the alignment of public diplomacy goals and the tools used to accomplish them. In this case, the tools, goals, concept, and the executor of the plan were all misaligned, dooming the project from the start.

new leadership in iran

The Centre for Economic Growth (CEG) has just launched in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is the first of its kind in the region, providing a new platform for economic research and analysis.

quadrennial defense review 2014

The QDR provides a few quick references to diplomacy, namely the need for the United States’ foreign policy strategy to involve diplomacy and military action that support and sustain one another. This includes a notable reference to concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

Cairo, Egypt

The Middle East and North Africa are experiencing one of the most detrimental jobs crisis in recent history. Throughout the region youth unemployment runs rampant, economic stagnation remains constant, and political unrest racks the population. The poor economic conditions continue to pose a threat to regional security and global stability. The Arab Stabilization Plan offers a possible solution.

Don Beyer

Outlining the three roles of an ambassador, including public diplomacy, Beyer presented on a myriad of topics relevant to U.S. relations with Switzerland.