2019: The Year and Decade That Was

January 1, 2020 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Happy New Year from Kraków, Poland! Again, it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone - but this time, we can also reflect on the conclusion of a whole decade. The 2010’s have taken their final bow and the 2020’s are ready to “roar” and … Continue reading 2019: The Year and Decade That Was

5 Things to Know About North Korea and its Nuclear Threats

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

The Power of Your Story

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

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

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

State of the World: January 2015 Update

January 25, 2015 It seems that since November of 2014, I haven’t been able to catch my breath - between conferences in Italy and China, teaching courses in Geneva and Kabul and research in Qatar, India and Kashmir, I haven’t had time to comment on the goings-on of the world. But I’ve been tracking - … Continue reading State of the World: January 2015 Update


May 26, 2014 Every once in a while, I’ll stop and post some views on what’s happening in the world. It almost seems like a full-time job just to try to keep track of all that’s happening. Here’s my “simplified” list of five complex issues that are happening now: EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: What’s happening? Egypt … Continue reading GLOBAL UPDATE: MAY 2014


MAY 5, 2014The topic of WISDOM is inexhaustible. Many people have tried to define it, to understand it and to live it. Maybe it’s hard to define, but we all know when we run into that person who just “has it.” That individual who just gets the deeper things of life and lives differently. Wisdom is … Continue reading CHASING WISDOM

Global Next’s Winter/Spring Season 2014: The World in Context Wrap Up

April 14, 2014Well, it appears I am not a good blogger when I am traveling. Maybe I need to Tweet more - and share “sound-bites” of my impressions of the world. Obviously waiting for the “right time” to write a more comprehensive account of leadership conferences and other experiences is not working! So, as the … Continue reading Global Next’s Winter/Spring Season 2014: The World in Context Wrap Up

Looking Ahead: The Globalnexter in 2014

January 6, 2014As 2014 gets started, I thought I’d give a preview for the first part of my year ahead. For those not familiar with Global Next and its work, click HERE. The short version is this: I go places either for the purpose of training leaders in a global setting or I go places … Continue reading Looking Ahead: The Globalnexter in 2014

Random Global Information

October 24, 2013 Running an international research group and leadership institute keeps me constantly curious about the world and trying to understanding it. It’s one of the few things in life that keep me constantly engaged and leaning forward. (Want to know the few other things or people who can keep me leaning forward and … Continue reading Random Global Information