July 30, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. globalnext.org Free speech is one of my core issues - I often speak about the importance of liberty to groups that I’m working with. Personally, I believe that the freedom to express ideas, to think, to speak, to write and to believe are essential to the human experience. Those … Continue reading Dwindling Free Speech – Why I’m Getting Banned
July 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next http://www.globalnext.org The war in Syria has raged for more than seven years and has brought with it the deaths of half a million people, the displacement of millions more and untold suffering and destruction. And it’s not over yet. In 2016, when I was doing research in … Continue reading The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria
July 8, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org There is something about SUMMER and MUSIC - those songs that create specific memories and the soundtrack of a particular time in your history. Once in a while, you’ll hear a song that transports you back in time and for just a moment you try to bridge that … Continue reading The Summer of ’78
May 15, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Yesterday was an historic day with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. It was a definitive statement by the US government that recognized Israel’s sovereignty and the historical truth that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the State of Israel. And of course, not everyone was … Continue reading 1948-2018: Creation and Catastrophe
May 5, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Ahmed Khidr is not my friend. Oh, he appears as one of my “friends” on Facebook - but so do nearly 5000 other people. And as we all know, “facebook friends” are not always what we’d call friends in the real world. But Mr. Khidr recently posted on … Continue reading May Madness: Will Israel Survive the Month of May?
A Conversation with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Ramallah, West Bank Phil Johnson, Ph.D. April 22, 2018 globalnext.org SWIRLING GLOBAL EVENTS: Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a swirl of global events and you’re not exactly sure where those events - where those stories are taking you. I believe we find ourselves in such … Continue reading Move an Embassy, Start a War?
By Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Greetings Globalnexters - this season of study-abroad conferences and research is going by like a whirlwind - so I thought I’d stop for a moment and share some insights and impressions from the places that Global Next has found itself in the last few weeks. Here are … Continue reading Global Snapshots: Spring 2018
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 27, 2018 From Beirut, Lebanon Refugee camps are always bleak places, even more so in the cold and rain. And so it was on the day that I visited El-Rahman Syrian Refugee Camp in the Saadnayel-Bekaa region of Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon is host to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and 500,000 Palestinian … Continue reading “The U.N. is Not Helping,” says Refugee Camp Coordinator
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. January 25, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org OK, admit it - you aren’t exactly sure where Uzbekistan is. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Collectively, we’ve pretty much ignored this part of the world with the notable exception of Afghanistan. But 2017 put Uzbekistan front and center with a spate of terror attacks all purportedly committed by … Continue reading Radicalizing Uzbeks?
January 9, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Another year...another chance to look ahead at who we want to be and how we want our lives to look in these next 12 months. I recently wrote a blog talking about some of the highlights of 2017, so now it's time to look ahead and see what … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Risk, Going, Simplifying and Dumping People
by Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 31, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org 2017 was as busy as usual for the Globalnexter - I began the year in Poland, followed by Baghdad, Germany, Italy, Republic of Georgia, Finland, Estonia, Israel, the UK, Paris, Turkey, the Syrian border, Korea and now, I sit in Athens, Greece writing my final blog of … Continue reading 2017: It’s Time to Go!
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. October 4, 2017 Global Next Research Group President http://www.globalnext.org “Every time someone like you comes you’re coming to create more suicide bombers. You’re coming so that more of us will die. Tell me! Tell me why you want to be here! I am tired of seeing my Muslims brothers die because of … Continue reading 3 Million and NOT Counting: The Syrian Refugees in Turkey
The recent violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia created new opportunities for division and confusion for Americans. Demonstrations, protests, attitudes, viewpoints, diverse opinions, hatred and violence were all on display. And the media couldn’t get enough of it - couldn’t get enough of “virtue signaling” or blame casting. It seemed as if the establishment media and … Continue reading From Antifa to Globalism: Making Sense of Media Buzzwords
August 12, 2017 Ever since Kim Jong-Un, the current leader of North Korea, took over power from his father, the late Kill Il-Sung in 2011, he has put a lot of efforts into building up his nuclear capability. And now it seems he has the ability to strike other nations with nuclear-armed ICBM’s The increased … Continue reading 5 Things to Know About North Korea and its Nuclear Threats
Words of wisdom to the class of 2017...
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 1, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I have known Mr. Hami for several years - he was one of my students when I taught business and leadership courses in Afghanistan in 2014-2016. He didn't finish his course of study - instead he opted for freedom and the life and status of a refugee in … Continue reading From Afghanistan to Germany: The Life of a Refugee
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 5, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I can’t think of a more controversial issue plaguing the U.S. news these days than Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven countries deemed to be a potential threat to U.S. security. Protestors and pundits all have their opinions. A Federal judge has “undone” the ban and President … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question
December 28, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard not to think back over all that has happened - with new events marking the final days of the year. 2016 has been peppered with contentious issues like the U.S. presidential election, China’s growing aggression in the South China Seas, … Continue reading Before it Gets Dark
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 15, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org It’s time once again to take a look back at the year known as 2016. For me, this year has gone by quickly. At times, I felt that the clock just needed to stop - that time should graciously give us a break and let us catch our … Continue reading 2016: The Rear-View Mirror Look
Phil Johnson, Ph.D http://www.globalnext.org October 31, 2016 On Friday, October 28th, FBI director James Comey, sent a letter to members of Congress alerting them that the FBI was going to reopen the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s emails and the private server she maintained at her home while serving as Secretary of State - an investigation … Continue reading Hillary, Huma and Weiner: The Most Bizarre U.S. Election Ever
by Dr. Phil Johnson October 9, 2016 So, just a month before the U.S. presidential election, we’ve more controversies and scandals than ever. The obviously biased media is full of commentary. Some members of the Republican party have now withdrawn their support of Donald Trump. (They will regret this later.) Things are as chaotic as … Continue reading Presidential Campaigns, Controversy and Leadership
Globalnext spends a lot time chasing stories around the world - and we try to bring that information back to our conference participants and get them to start chasing stories too - and to live out the stories that God has given them to live out. And we've certainly come across our fair share of … Continue reading The Power of Your Story
September 8, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next, LLC http://www.globalnext.org For a number of years I have have known and worked with a man who calls Al-Raqqah, Syria his home. Yes, the place of the headquarters of ISIS. This “son of Raqqah” is a man with whom I am well-acquainted and in turn is well-acquainted … Continue reading A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. August 5, 2016 Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal broke news on August 3rd that the US secretly sent an unmarked cargo plane to Iran in the dead of night loaded with 400 million dollars in various currencies (Euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies) as a payment … Continue reading The U.S. Does NOT Pay Ransom for Hostages – Until They Do
August 2, 2016 The hot, slow days of July have gone by and August is upon us. With that, things for the Globalnexter begin to step into high gear. For those who are following our work, our ideas and our global impact - here are some upcoming highlights. We hope you'll be able to join … Continue reading New Season Begins for GlobalNext!
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. July 17, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org 1. What happened and when? Between Friday night and Saturday morning (July 14-15), segments of Turkey’s military attempted to take over the government and oust current president and leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who was vacationing on the Black Sea) Roads and bridges were blocked by tanks, helicopters dotted … Continue reading Turkey’s Failed Coup: 5 Things to Know
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. July 16, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org 1.) What happened? At about 10:30 pm on July 14th, (France’s Independence Day - Bastille Day) a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian decent, drove his 20-ton truck through a busy pedestrian area on a famous promenade in Nice, France. He killed at least 84 people, wounding hundreds of … Continue reading France Again? Terror Truck Kills at Least 84
Phil Johnson, Ph,.D. July 10, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org *The following includes the original article - as events were happening. This includes both the original as well as current updates and perspectives in race relations in the U.S. Within one day of each other, there were two police shootings of two back men - and of course … Continue reading Dallas Ambush on Police: Update
Phil Johnson, Ph,.D. July 8, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org Within one day of each other, there were two police shootings of two back men - and of course two videos showing at least one perspective of the events. (In one case, the girlfriend live-streamed her boyfriend dying on Facebook - I can’t even begin to wrap my … Continue reading Dallas: Police Ambushed by Snipers at Peaceful Rally
July 6, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Here we are, just barely past the half-way mark of the year and the figures for ISIS terror attacks is astounding. In the first half of 2016, there have been 1208 jihad-inspired attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,076 people were killed and 13,356 were injured. You can … Continue reading 2016 Half-Time Report: Bloody Season for ISIS and the Loss of Elie Wiesel
Phil Johnson, Ph.D. June 29, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org When our consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012, I was in Cairo, Egypt - watching our embassy being attacked by a large and angry group of Egyptians - who were actually offended by an anti-Muslim video they had seen on YouTube. The building had been … Continue reading Benghazi, Libya: Is There Anything New?
June 27, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.d. http://www.globalnext.org Ok, so the UK has made a decision for itself - to leave the European Union. While the vote was close, the majority of voters decided it was time to walk away. But nearly half the country disagrees that the UK will be better off outside the EU … Continue reading BREXIT: It’s like breaking up with your girlfriend, unfriending someone on Facebook and making Vladimir Putin happy all at once
Is ISIS coming to the US?