1948-2018: Creation and Catastrophe

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 Madness: Will Israel Survive the Month of May?

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?

Move an Embassy, Start a War?

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?

Global Snapshots: Spring 2018

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

2017: It’s Time to Go!

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!

2016 Half-Time Report: Bloody Season for ISIS and the Loss of Elie Wiesel

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

Shootings in Tel Aviv Condemned by the World..but Not By Everyone

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

Peace: One Step Backwards for Israel and Palestine

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. April 21, 2016 On Monday of this week, a bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem wounding 20 and killing the perpetrator, a 19-year old Palestinian man from the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem. Hamas has claimed responsibility. This, in addition to the increased number of stabbings in Jerusalem this year do … Continue reading Peace: One Step Backwards for Israel and Palestine

Finally: An Iran Nuke Deal: The “Great Satan” and the “World’s Top Sponsor of Terrorism” Come to Terms

July 15, 2015 After years of talking about it, a deal was finally struck on Tuesday morning regarding Iran’s nuclear program. As could be expected, not everyone agrees with it. The news of the deal struck some as the best thing ever, others felt it was the best that could be done under the circumstances, … Continue reading Finally: An Iran Nuke Deal: The “Great Satan” and the “World’s Top Sponsor of Terrorism” Come to Terms

Paris: The Charlie Hebdo Effect Still Lingers

March 2, 2015 I just finished a leadership conference in Germany and Italy and arrived in Paris last night- a place that was awash in terror on January 7th when the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine was attacked. Two days later, a kosher (Jewish) market in the south-eastern area of Paris was … Continue reading Paris: The Charlie Hebdo Effect Still Lingers