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