Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken

Dr. Alexander van Tulleken is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. He has worked with Doctors of the World, Merlin, and the World Health Organization on various humanitarian crises around the world. Dr. van Tulleken and his twin brother, Chris, have produced several public health-related television series and, most recently, a BBC documentary about the medical problems Middle Eastern refugees face called Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis. Dr. van Tulleken recently spoke with Copy Chief and Executive Editor Katherine Labonte about his work…

The Arab Spring Four Years On: Reflections on a Movement Gone Wrong

When the Arab Spring erupted, quite literally, with a spark caused by Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia, the international community watched with bated breath.  The region that we had long written off as consistently oppressive, backwards, and anti-democratic, was beginning to wake up, finally, and smell the sweet fragrance of freedom and democracy.  The masses across the Arab world were shaking off their oppressors and demanding the political and social freedom that they had been denied for too long. As of this writing, the protests led to rulers being forced…

The Potential of Microfinance

We see the statistics all over the news and social media: 85% of girls leave school early in Uganda , 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty worldwide and 60 million girls across the globe are married before they turn 18 . The world is not a friendly place for girls and women, that much is clear. But how do we tackle such overwhelming problems? Sweeping campaign initiatives that promise to research the effects of poverty on women and girls in developing countries? Starting a foundation that will give money…