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INTERNATIONAL CAREER CONVERSATIONS

Packing and Planning for a Sustainable and Successful International Public Service Career

Video recorded insights and a document created by Dr. Marco Tavanti with frameworks, suggestions and resources for developing and enhancing a career in international public service.   Watch the video here: INTERNATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

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This video discusses how the Global Peace Index for 2013 fell five percent from 2008.  This in turn affects the entire world in a variety of ways, one being the global economy. Here, the trend is that there are more intrastate wars and less between countries. It also mentions that there has been a move to better the structure of institutions, which could lead to more peaceful societies.

And if anyone's interested the Vision of Humanity website (http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#page/indexes/global-peace-index/2013)  has a map of how all the countries ranked. I found it interesting that the US is ranked 100/162, right between Papua New Guinea and China.

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"The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard talks about materials economy system and the effect it can have on our world, specifically the environment and the global economy. She speaks of a "linear system on a finite planet." The idea that we are using too much stuff---in the past decade 1/3 of the planet's resources are gone. In the United States, "we have 5% of the world's population but we are using 30% of the planet's resources." Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff

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I was inspired by Bova's Future V: An Engendered Peace and Hunt's "Let Women Rule" to post a video on the growing trend of women in power. While the latter passage discusses current need for women in office, the former passage describes a future where more women are in power and world conflict has subsequently decreased. This particular video uses interviews with current influential women in power around the globe to consider the question, "What if Women Ruled the World?". In this empowering video, these women speak candidly about their personal experiences, the benefits of being a woman, and the effect that women have when engaged in leadership positions.

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Kurt Volker, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO, speaks about the power of civil society to bring peace to the world by using technology and civil organizations as tools for change.

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LIFE AFTER AMERICA

In this 2011 issue of Foreign Policy, the article details the history of global relations and offers insight into future trends "after America."  There is an implication in a lot of research that America's (and the West) influence is declining in the international scene, but this article offers a different perspective.  America is not on the decline, rather a plethora of other countries are developing and joining in international institutions and relations.  The article states that all the great powers, new and old, will have to continue to embrace an open, rule-based international system (much like the one we currently experience).  The article also states that "The coming divide in world politics will not be between the United States (and the West) and the non-Western rising states. Rather, the struggle will be between those who want to renew and expand today's system of multilateral governance arrangements and those who want to move to a less cooperative order built on spheres of influence."  It will remain in the best interest of rising powers to continue to work in an open system based on a set of rules or they will trigger aggression from their neighboring countries.  The article ends by stating that while the United States will not be able to rule the international system anymore, they will still maintain a position of leadership. 

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Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" explains globalization in the early 21st century. He explains how the world has become a leveled playing field now in terms of economy, where all competitors have an equal opportunity. In this game geographical locations are becoming irrelevant and he encourages people to act on their ideas. If not it will be done by someone else in today's globalized world. 
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