September 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Mr. Radwan Mortada is a TV news producer for Al Jadeed TV and a journalist for Al-Akhbar newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a friend of mine and today I had the pleasure of sitting down with him in Beirut to discuss the constantly evolving and ever-confusing … Continue reading Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada
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?
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
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
June 10, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next Leadership Institute http://www.globalnext.org On June 8th, two Palestinian terrorists opened fire on civilians at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv killing four people and wounding at least five others. Both gunmen are in custody. According to the Israeli Security Agency, September 2015 saw the start of a … Continue reading Shootings in Tel Aviv Condemned by the World..but Not By Everyone
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
First, we have a leadership problem. Regardless as to whether or not I think military action in Syria is a good idea or not, if a president is going to make big “red-line” statements, then he should do what he says he’s going to do. Or don’t say anything. Obama said he was going to … Continue reading Waffling on Syria