First Day of School: Global Edition

This post was written and researched by World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh intern, Jill Fronk. September has arrived and is quickly passing by, which mean only one thing for students here in the U.S.—the beginning of school.  The new school year, means fresh new school supplies, yes some people would prefer a bouquet of pens and … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 4)

Saturday, May 18, 2013 It is amazing how quickly this week has passed! It has been an incredible combination of sight-seeing and high-level briefings. We’ve all learned a great deal – and have heard some different perspectives on some of the challenges Germany and Europe face. The pace of the first part of the week … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 3)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 It has been a great week so far! On Sunday, we began the trip with a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the hotel in historic East Berlin. We ventured over toward the west to the Brandenburg Gate by walking down the impressive boulevard Unter den Linden. On Monday, the … Read More

A Return to Berlin (Part 2)

May 11, 2013 The biggest surprise on arrival is the amount of construction in the heart of East Berlin and the heart of West Berlin. After German reunification, Berlin was often referred to as a “city of cranes” because of all the construction taking place. Over 20 years later, cranes are still a fixture on … Read More

A Return to Berlin

    May 10, 2013  As I buckled in for the flight from Newark to Berlin, I found myself wondering what the coming week will bring. Berlin is a city I know well – having lived there before, during, and after the Wendi. Even after I left Berlin to move to New York City in 2002, … Read More

>Language Lessons: German

> In this new series, we at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh want to introduce our readers to essential foreign language phrases.  While the world is becoming effectively smaller, and in large cities, you will always find someone who speaks English, making an effort to speak someone else’s language is always appreciated (we know … Read More

>Germany at Odds: Munich v. Berlin

> Germany is a country at odds with itself.  I mean this in a couple of different ways, the first of which is the contrast, and even tension, between the two national powerhouses, Munich and Berlin.  But I also found that this sentiment applies on a deeper level that I will come back to later.  … Read More

>Ask An Expert – Niels Annen

>Watch as Niels Annen (a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington D.C., and former member of the German Parliament) answers questions submitted by local students. He discusses his career, the German military, China, and the World Cup. Thanks to the students of the Summer Seminar on World Affairs, particularly Glenn and Alexa, … Read More

>Ask a Diplomat

> We recently sat down with Christoph Eichhorn, the Head of the Political Section at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Local students submitted questions to be answered by the diplomat. Enjoy!