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December 19, 2014 - 10:00am EST
The olde English proverb goes something like, “All good things must come to an end.” Such is the state of my rapidly expiring tenure at CGS as a government relations research associate. It’s been a heck of a couple months, and I’ll take the experiences I had here with me forever in my professional career. Here are some of my honest reflections. When I first showed up, I really hadn’t a clue about the inner workings of a [...] Read More
December 18, 2014 - 10:00am EST
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently released a much-anticipated executive summary of a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s tactics in questioning detainees in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  The report documents in detail the inhumane "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the CIA at various facilities around the world. The techniques included the use of insects [...] Read More
December 18, 2014 - 10:00am EST
Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike. We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse.       —Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day to commemorate the UN’s 1990 adoption of the [...] Read More
December 12, 2014 - 10:00am EST
After months of hard work, it was finally time to pull out all the stops and make a highly anticipated trip to Capitol Hill to lobby congressional staffers! Dressed to the nines, as any three young professionals in DC should be, two colleagues and I left our cozy Eastern Market office for the mountainous doom and gloom of Capitol South for the day. Our objective: to successfully lobby three offices into co-sponsoring or [...] Read More
Syrian Refugee Camp (Photo courtesy of Huffington Post)
December 10, 2014 - 10:00am EST
Since the start of the horrendous civil war attempting to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, the neighbors of Syria—Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey in particular—have seen endless lines of refugees cross their borders seeking safety. Many travel night and day to reach these countries. Their faces tell the story of war; fatigued, exhausted, broken, these refugees arrive in overcrowded camps that are unprepared to [...] Read More
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