• January 12, 2021

    Bridging the Healthcare Gap in a Global Pandemic

    Troy Williams in Global Development | January 12, 2021

    As hospitals around the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic, a small nonprofit in Houston, Texas is helping to lead the global response amidst this crisis. At the helm of this global operation is Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of Medical Bridges and a member of USGLC’s Texas State Advisory Committee. USGLC’s Troy Williams recently spoke with Mr. Ulrich on the impact of COVID-19 and how Medical Bridges is stepping up to help at home and abroad.

  • January 5, 2021

    How COVID-19 Complicates Regional Conflict and Humanitarian Crises in Ethiopia

    Alexis-Clair Roehrich in Global Development | January 5, 2021

    When Ethiopia—a longtime hub for American engagement and development in East Africa—postponed its national elections due to COVID-19 concerns, political conflict ensued and turned violent. A humanitarian crisis quickly escalated. Regional impacts of the global pandemic are making it harder to get critical assistance into the region, especially to refugees who are living in conditions that do not allow for social distancing, hand-washing, and other health precautions.

  • November 10, 2020

    Election Outlook: Veteran Voices Remain Strong in the 117th Congress

    Danny Restivo in Congress, National Security | November 10, 2020

    This Veterans Day, we salute all lawmakers who have served in our nation’s military and continue to serve as members of Congress. We’re also shining a spotlight on several incoming veteran-turned lawmakers and their foreign policy views.

  • September 22, 2020

    COVID-19 Takes Toll on Migrant Families and Remittances

    Benjamin Gerstein in Global Development | September 22, 2020

    Yusuf Ahmed, a taxi driver in the U.S., has been unable to send money to support his brother and his family of six in Somalia due to stay-at-home orders and economic uncertainty back home. Ahmed is just one of millions facing similar circumstances as remittance flows have been disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic… This sudden decline in remittance flows comes at a time when remittances have gained prominence as a tool for poverty eradication and development finance.

  • August 13, 2020

    6 Foreign Policy Takeaways from the 2020 Democratic Party Platform

    John Glenn in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | August 13, 2020

    As the election approaches, foreign policy observers are starting to examine the state of the world the President will face in January 2021 and ask what the next Administration would or should do. The draft Democratic platform offers a glimpse into how foreign policy might figure into a Biden Administration’s vision to “build back better.”

  • July 30, 2020

    A Hidden Consequence of COVID-19: Human Trafficking

    Susan Sawyer O’Keefe | July 30, 2020

    We are in the midst of a pandemic and a resulting global economic crisis that has exacerbated poverty and systemic inequality both root causes of human trafficking. Trafficking exists for various exploitative purposes including forced labor, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and organ harvesting. 

  • July 27, 2020

    In Pursuit of a More Diverse American Diplomatic Corps

    Madison Handy in Diplomacy | July 27, 2020

    As America continues a nationwide dialogue on race, and industries and organizations are being called upon to address systemic racism, increased scrutiny has also fallen upon America’s diplomacy and development agencies. Just as America’s foreign policy affects our local communities, our domestic challenges can also have global repercussions. Current and former officials, in cooperation with bipartisan Members of Congress, agree that to achieve our foreign policy goals abroad, America’s diplomats must look more like America.

  • July 13, 2020

    To Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, UPS Does More Than Deliver Packages

    Taylor Grove in Global Development | July 13, 2020

    UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, has also proven itself to be an industry leader in healthcare logistics, providing critical assistance in the global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 10, 2020

    Top 6 Takeaways from Exercise of Power by Secretary Bob Gates

    Liz Schrayer in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | July 10, 2020

    In his new book, Exercise of Power, Secretary Gates reflects on the successes and shortcomings of the U.S. on the global stage, and offers his perspective on a new path forward to confront today’s greatest global challenges.

  • July 10, 2020

    Foreign Assistance Leads the Way on Transparency

    Sung Lee in Global Development | July 10, 2020

    U.S. foreign assistance agencies are leading across the government and the world in transparency and accountability, according to The 2020 Aid Transparency Index, issued by Publish What You Fund. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is ranked first among U.S. federal agencies and seventh in the world for aid transparency. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) achieved its best performance as well, rising to the top tier of the “good” category and the State Department moved into the “good” category for the first time.