July 2014 Homepage

July 2014 Homepage
Cover Story

Long-Suffering Spain Stumbles
Forward in Road to Recovery

a5.cover.spain.homeSpanish Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares says his country can finally see the light at the end of a long tunnel littered with economic malaise, crippling unemployment and toxic debt. Read More 

People of World Influence

Ex-Envoy Sounded Alarm on Nigeria
Long Before #BringBackOurGirls

a1.powi.campbell.homeThe abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls woke the world up to the savagery of Boko Haram but it probably came as little surprise to John Campbell, one of America’s foremost experts on Nigeria. Read More 


Peter Selfridge, New Protocol Chief,
Meets Diplomats at Mount Vernon

a2.selfridge.vernon.homePeter Selfridge made his debut as protocol chief at a reception at Mount Vernon attended by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and diplomats from 60 countries ranging from Benin to Papua New Guinea to El Salvador. Read More

The Benghazi Conspiracy

Benghazi Tragedy: Vast Conspiracy
Or Conspiracy Theorists’ Dream?

a3.benghazi.obama.homeThe deaths of four Americans in Benghazi has spawned more than dozen congressional hearings, 25,000 pages of documents, 50 briefings and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of conspiracy theories. Read More

Inundated with Apathy

Balkan States Cast Aside Hostilities
In Aftermath of Disastrous Flooding

a4.balkan.flooding.homeEnvoys from three former Yugoslav republics that once waged war against each other are banding together to raise money — and awareness — after the worst flooding to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Read More

Deciphering Diplospeak

Bland State Department Statements
Say A Lot About U.S. Foreign Policy

a6.state.department.homeParsing the generic press releases and statements that the State Department regularly cranks out can reveal surprising tidbits about America’s relations with other countries. Read More

Diego Garcia Battle

Mauritius Lobbies to Regain Control
Of Diego Garcia, Site of U.S. Base

a7.diego.garcia.homeDiego Garcia, a remote speck of land in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is at the heart of a brewing battle between two world powers and Mauritius. Read More

Book Review

Into the Fire: Academic Emerges
From Political Plunge Enlightened

a8.book.fire.ashes.homeIn his memoir “Fire and Ashes,” Michael Ignatieff does something few politicians ever do: He talks openly about losing. Read More


Better Bedside Manner:
Worth the Investment?

a9.medical.manner.homeDoes a doctor’s bedside manner really matter? According to research, yes it does. In fact, good patient communication can improve outcomes for some chronic conditions as much as well-established medical treatments can. Read More