General McChrystal leads a networking workshop with Jackson Institute students. (Photo by Jackson Institute)

“The Gap is Real”: Stan McChrystal Speaks on the Civil-Military Divide

YJIA: According to the U.S. Department of Defense, only half of one percent of officers entering the military last year hailed from the top 20 U.S. colleges and universities—a percentage that is half that of just 20 years ago. Does the size of... more
German Defense Minister von der Leyen and Turkish Prime Minister Yilmaz speak to media regarding coalition forces combating Islamic State (Wikimedia Commons).

“Today more than ever” International Coordination Matters

YJIA: Looking back at an extraordinarily multifaceted political career, what would be your advice to students who are considering a career in politics—particularly in the face of an increasing disenchantment with politics? Minister von der Leyen:... more
Timothy Snyder (Professor für Geschichte, Yale University), Foto:

Lessons Against Tyranny

A week after the election of Donald Trump, Timothy Snyder, a historian of twentieth-century Europe, posted a message on his Facebook page entitled, “Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” Reflecting on the experience of Europeans “who saw... more
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Europe’s Chief Diplomat Talks Brexit, Feminism and the Future of the EU

In the spring of 2010, Lady Catherine Ashton moved from a leafy London suburb to running Europe’s foreign policy in Brussels as the most senior European diplomat and the highest paid female politician in the world. Her appointment at the time was... more
Jerry Ng

Banking on a Mission: Pursuing Profits and Social Impact in Indonesia

The strategies for conducting business with social impact are as diverse as the number of social enterprises that have emerged around the world. Bank BTPN is a profitable midsize bank in Indonesia, and one of its business segments provides loans to... more

Reflections From Obama’s Middle East Negotiator: Dennis Ross

“Too many tears have been shed. Too much blood has been shed.” With these words, President Obama addressed a crowded hall at Cairo University in June 2009 and made settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a cornerstone of his Middle East... more

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