The Sustainable Development Goals: The United Nations’ Final Frontier

The United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015. These 17 goals, which consist of 169 targets, are the UN’s attempt to address the developmental shortcomings of the world by the year 2030. In contrast to the Millennium Goals of 2000 (completed in 2015), which aimed to eradicate poverty, the SDGs focus on developing economic prosperity, establishing environmental protection, and ensuring social justice – primarily in the developing countries of the world. Now a year out from their launch, the SDGs have been scrutinized for their effectiveness and…

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 Warm Heart of Germany’s Iron Lady

Looking back two years, one can recall the all too familiar sight of the Greek people demonstrating in the streets of Athens, holding up signs depicting Angela Merkel clad in an SS uniform and with a penciled in Hitler mustache. Not withstanding the fact that her actions in dealing with European crises, namely the Greek debt crisis, have divided Europe, some see her as the new ‘Iron Lady’ of the European Union. For the past ten years, she has governed Germany rationally, thoughtfully, and pragmatically. Some have criticized Merkel for…