Global Snapshots: Spring 2018

By Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 24, 2018 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

A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS

September 8, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next, LLC 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

The ISIS Threat: As Viewed from Neighboring Lebanon

October 9, 2014 Regardless as to the US-led airstrikes which began several weeks ago, ISIS remains on the march. As I write this, the strategic town of Kobani, on Syria’s border with Turkey, is under siege. It seems likely now that Kobani will fall to ISIS - and Turkey seems to sit on the border with … Continue reading The ISIS Threat: As Viewed from Neighboring Lebanon

Lebanon: Caught in Syria’s War

March 13, 2014Lebanon is complicated. There’s no other way to describe it. Walking down busy Hamra Street you will see miniskirts and hijabs side by side. Lebanon has 19 official religions. There’s the Lebanese army and then there is Hezbollah. The Lebanese coalition government finally put its pieces in place, but new elections are “scheduled” … Continue reading Lebanon: Caught in Syria’s War