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
June 27, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.d. http://www.globalnext.org Ok, so the UK has made a decision for itself - to leave the European Union. While the vote was close, the majority of voters decided it was time to walk away. But nearly half the country disagrees that the UK will be better off outside the EU … Continue reading BREXIT: It’s like breaking up with your girlfriend, unfriending someone on Facebook and making Vladimir Putin happy all at once
THE JUNE EDITION Phil Johnson, Ph.D. June 27, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org Every now and again, the “Globalnexter” likes to do a quick roundup of what’s going on in the world. If you haven’t read my last two blogs - I encourage you to catch up on what happened with the tragic Orlando Mass Shooting and my … Continue reading ISIS, BREXIT, NORTH KOREA and RANDOM GLOBAL HAPPENINGS
December 31, 2015 I’ve never written a blog sharing my predictions for the future - but I was reading this article about this Bulgarian woman who apparently made all kinds of predictions, and I was thinking, “Who is this woman? And if she can make bizarre predictions about the future, why can’t I?” First, here’s her … Continue reading GlobalNexter Predictions: 2016
December 24, 2015 Another year has nearly finished - and as usual, much has happened. This is my recap of the year - my thoughts of what I think were ten of the most significant geo-political events that have shaped our world and shaped us as people. Take a look back: (And yes, the coming sarcasm … Continue reading 2015: The Year’s Top Ten!
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
December 31, 2014 I love New Year’s Eve. I don’t actually do anything - or go anywhere, but there is something very satisfying about letting a year expire - with all the good or not-so-good that happened, at least it’s over and there’s a chance to start a new year. But before we officially say … Continue reading 2014 RECAP
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 16, 2014 Finally, after waging the world’s largest and most expensive democratic election, India has announced that their new Prime Minister is Narendra Modi. The leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (a Hindu nationalist party) won with the largest margin in almost 30 years. Here are three things you need to know: The new … Continue reading India: The World’s Largest Democracy has a New Prime Minister: So What?
February 17, 2014 What’s going on in Ukraine? Ukrainians have been protesting since November 21st. It took many analysts by surprise and as it has unfolded, it has revealed underlying complexities regarding who is involved, what they want and how far they’re willing to go. It all sparked when President Victor Yanukovych, decided to reject … Continue reading Ukraine: The Continuing Revolution Trend