June 2017 Homepage

June 2017 Homepage
Cover Story

Costa Rica’s Ambassador Stands at
Intersection of Science and Diplomacy

a5.cover.costa.rica.macaya.homeBoth Donald Trump and Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya went to the Wharton School and both ran for president, but that is where the similarities end. At the White House, Trump has all but declared a war on science while at the nearby Costa Rican Embassy, “science diplomacy” has become a mantra — no surprise given that Macaya was a biochemist long before he became a diplomat. Read More

People of World Influence

Shifter’s Inter-American Dialogue
Shines Light on Forgotten Hemisphere

a1.powi.shifter.home“Latin America has traditionally been taken for granted because it doesn’t pose a real threat. It’s sort of a stepchild of U.S. foreign policy,” says Michael Shifter, longtime president of the Inter-American Dialogue. But that’s exactly why shining a light on the Western Hemisphere is so important for his D.C.-based think tank. Read More

Help Wanted

Trump Slow in Filling Hundreds
Of Vacancies Across U.S. Government

a2.vacancies.tillerman.homeWith thousands of vacancies yet to be filled, Trump’s administration has been operating with a bare-bones staff. A combination of obstructionism, paranoia, micromanaging, inexperience and ambivalence seems to be at the heart of the problem, but one thing is certain: The longer Trump takes to fill out the government, the fewer allies he’ll have to implement — and defend — his battered agenda. Read More

Populist Reprieve

Once Victory Fades, Can Macron
Push Through EU, French Reforms?

a3.france.eu.macron.homeBetween Brexit and Donald Trump, Paris and Brussels feared that France would become the next populist casualty. But a centrist former investment banker and political neophyte eased those fears by handily winning the French presidency over a far-right nationalist firebrand, offering Europe a temporary reprieve. Now, the hard work begins for Emmanuel Macron and the EU. Read More

After Paris

Whatever Trump Decides on Climate
Pact, Rest of World to Move Forward

a4.paris.trump.kimoon.homeDonald Trump made it clear on the campaign trail that he would not honor the commitment made by the U.S. in the Paris Agreement. The pact is the world’s first legally binding global deal to combat climate change. Now that Trump occupies the White House, he hasn’t been so quick to pull the trigger on Paris.Will he stay or will he go? And whatever he decides, what will be the effect on other countries? Read More

Art as Social Protest

From Refugees to Russia, Local Artists
Wade into Politically Charged Debates

a6.social.protest.sonnentag.homeThe faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts. In a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams, artists are battling war and politics with creativity, joining a long tradition of protest art that has galvanized social movements and at times helped topple governments. Read More

Global Vantage Point

Ambassador Op-ed: Finland Celebrates
Her 100th Birthday on National Mall

a7.finland.centennial.kauppi.homeThe year 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of Finland. In honor of 100 years of independence, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi and the Embassy of Finland will organize a free celebratory event on Sat., June 17 at the National Mall and are inviting everyone to join them celebrating their small Nordic nation. Read More


Are Smartphones Helping or
Harming Children’s Mental Health?

a8.medical.screens.kids.homeParents worry — often rightly so — about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens. Now, new research suggests that when children at risk of mental health problems spend a lot of time on smartphones or other digital technology, they’re more at risk of attention and disruptive behavior issues. But the news isn’t all bad. Read More