Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada

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

The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

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

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

“The U.N. is Not Helping,” says Refugee Camp Coordinator

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

New Season Begins for GlobalNext!

August 2, 2016 The hot, slow days of July have gone by and August is upon us.  With that, things for the Globalnexter begin to step into high gear.  For those who are following our work, our ideas and our global impact - here are some upcoming highlights. We hope you'll be able to join … Continue reading New Season Begins for GlobalNext!

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

Thoughts from the Corners of the World

It's always interesting when I look at snapshots of my life - just moments, short chapters and then the page is turned. Snapshot One: For the last few weeks I was working at the Swiss UMEF University in Afghanistan, teaching a course for their MBA program. It was nothing like I thought it would be. I almost … Continue reading Thoughts from the Corners of the World

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

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