2 Political Reasons Why China Should Stop Blocking Social Media

China seems to have little remorse about violating several World Trade Organization principles of free trade and open market access. Its citizens’ are forbidden to access to foreign sites—including social media sites—while foreigners are able to access Chinese sites. Aynne Kokas, an expert on Chinese Internet policies at Rice University in Texas, says this is … Read More

The Shale Gas Boom and U.S. Energy Security

The United States (U.S.) is the second largest consumer of energy worldwide, with petroleum serving as the primary energy source. In recent years, however, there has been a growth in the use of natural gas. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, natural gas production increased more than six times between 2007 and … Read More

Welcome Home to the 2013 Global Travel Scholars! (Part 1)

The Global Travel Scholarship program, a partnership between the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, The Experiment in International Living, and its parent organization World Learning, has sent more than 100 young high school students from southwestern Pennsylvania to participate in travel experiences around the world. The program is designed to provide local high school juniors, … Read More

2012 – Year of the Dragon

Happy Lunar New Year! Often called the “Chinese New Year,” Lunar New Year celebrations took place yesterday across many countries in East and Southeast Asia.  2012 represents the year of the dragon, a zodiac sign that is considered to be one of the most powerful and is associated with “high energy and prosperity.” To learn … Read More

BRICS: A resource guide on the world’s evolving balance of economic (and possibly political) power

BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The acronym has become a buzzword in the public discourse on emerging economies—the so-called “rise of the rest”—and what their rise implies for the global balance of power. We at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh have compiled this guide to provide you with some useful resources … Read More