Celebrating the World’s Women

This post was researched and written by Nina Mast, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern. Saturday, March 8th marks International Women’s Day (IWD). Recognized by the United Nations, IWD is a time to reflect upon the progress made by women across the globe while also acknowledging the necessary changes still to come. In recognition of … Read More

What’s Happening in Ukraine?

UPDATE (March 11): The situation in Ukraine continues to unfold. President Yanukovych has been forced from office; arch-rival and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from prison; and Russia has intervened militarily in Crimea – a peninsula in southern Ukraine with a majority population that identify themselves as ethnic Russians. Whether Crimea will … Read More

Global Elections to Watch in 2014

2013 was an exciting year for national elections, with some more newsworthy than others. The world watched as Iran elected President Hassan Rouhani, signaling the possibility of improved cooperation with the international community. The death of Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, resulted in a special presidential election bringing to power a likely successor. In Germany, Chancellor … Read More

Protests and Progress

While protestors in Istanbul build barricades from paving stones and the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Demonstration passes, the UN is beginning discussions to update the Millenium Development Goals, which expire in 2015. Delegations to the UN lack the media attention of the battered Turks, but their work may be just as significant–there is a … Read More

Learning about Latin America

Last week, the Council held its 37th annual Summer Seminar on World Affairs. On Wednesday, Dr. Scott Morgenstern, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke to the participants about Latin America. One thing we discovered during the session is that many high school classes don’t cover current events in Latin America. As … Read More

Great International Resources for Students & Teachers

We at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh are always looking for ways to help out our students and teachers learn more about the world. In that vein, we have put together a list of some of our favorite online educational resources. These links include a wide range of information, including facts, photos, videos, podcasts, … Read More

Year in Review: International Affairs in 2011

Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 is off to a snowy start here in Pittsburgh, and this seems like a perfect time to review what has happened over the past 360-some odd days. As always, the global stage was full of tumult and change: 2011 saw the deaths of influential world figures (Warren Christopher, Muammar Gaddafi, … Read More