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

The Northeast Regional Model Arab League Conference

This past weekend from Friday, November 4, to Sunday, November 6, marked the annual Northeast Regional Model Arab League conference held at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference, organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, brings students together to debate, discuss, and hypothetically solve actual political, social, economic, and environmental issues that the … Read More

Day 3 at the SSWA: Arab Spring and US National Interests

Today the Summer Seminar welcomed Dr. Christina Michelmore, chair of Chatham University’s History Department who specializes in modern Middle Eastern history, to discuss the Arab Spring and its implications for US Foreign Policy. She began by providing some background on US policy in the region. Traditionally, that policy has been based on two primary interests: … Read More

>EMEA Mondays: A Primer on Islamic Finance

>How does getting a loan without paying interest sound? Impossible? Not if you get a loan from an Islamic bank. Islamic banking principles are guided by Sharia, or Islamic law. Generally, that means Islamic banks can’t charge you interest (riba) on the loan (Islam says it’s unethical to make money off of money that you … Read More