The tributes have poured in from around the world – posted on social media, printed in the op-ed pages, heard on the cable news channels – anyone who had worked with or was associated with General Colin Powell knew they were part of something special. Over the past two decades, I was one of those lucky ones.

We first met when he became Secretary of State, and upon retiring from public service General Powell agreed to serve as

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The world watches America as it strives to defend our democracy | The Hill


Our founders always imagined America as the shining city on a hill. Near the end of his life, James Madison, one of our earliest diplomats, stated, “Our country, if it does justice to itself, will be the workshop of liberty to the civilized world.” As the horrific scenes at the Capitol unfolded, I was heartbroken as the world watched an attack on this noble vision.

The reactions from across the globe were swift and overwhelming. Even before the lawless riots finished, the confidence of our allies was shaken with calls for



A warning for the next Pandemic | The Hill


As Congress moved this week to quickly approve critical federal funding to combat coronavirus that has been spreading at a voracious speed, the sad truth is that the United States and the world are woefully unprepared for the next and potentially even more deadly pandemic threat.

Late last year, I visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and asked the director, Robert Redfield, what keeps him up at night. Even with all the other biothreats, he said what he fears most is the current global lack of preparedness for a



University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy Launches Heartland Diplomacy Center

What do former Secretaries of State Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassadors Samantha Power and Susan Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and Special Envoy Steve Biegun all have in common? Not only are they all experts on diplomacy – but they are all participating in the season launch of the Weiser Diplomacy Center at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. I couldn’t have been prouder to have participated in the inauguration event just a few weeks ago.

Start with the fact that the power

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S&A + USGLC Give Back to Community at DC Central Kitchen

I cried. Well, I was chopping onions.

It was Give Back Day. One of my favorites that the Schrayer & Associates team, along with our colleagues from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, make a point to do at least once a year. This year, we were off to the amazing DC Central Kitchen – a true jewel right in our own backyard.

Each year, a group of our colleagues picks a local charity our entire staff to volunteer for a day — a time for the S&A and USGLC to engage in

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We can’t fight our opioid crisis alone. We need help from countries around the world.


It’s sobering to take in the magnitude: Over 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 — more than died in car crashes or of breast cancer; more than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

And deaths specifically from opioids trafficked from overseas more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Experts predict that nearly 500,000 Americans could lose their lives to opioids over the next decade.

Bailey Henke, at just 18 years old, became one of the faces behind these terrible statistics when he died of a fentanyl overdose at his home in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His



America stands to lose as China places bets on developing world

It is impossible to ignore the volume of voices crying out about the looming economic threat of China. But while many are focused on the budding trade war, we ignore a key part of the story at our own peril, which is how China’s investments in the developing world are far outpacing our own. China, for years, has dramatically expanded its competitive playing field, and it is certainly playing to win. Just travel to places like Africa or the Americas, and China’s footprint is everywhere.

China watchers point to the “One



What Happens in Central America, Doesn’t Stay in Central America | Opinion

There isn’t a mom or dad in this country who hasn’t struggled with the heartbreaking images of children being separated from their parents at our southern border. Let me be clear—this needs to be fixed. But there is another image that is also haunting me as the struggle for immigration reform continues.

I recently watched an interview with Patricia, a young mother from El Salvador, sitting just on the other side of our southern border holding her 7-year-old son, Yohan. At the time, she knew that as soon as she crossed,




It has become common around holidays to see articles offering advice on how to avoid political conversation when returning home for family gatherings. These articles propose often elaborate ways to change the subject, warning of the distinctly unappetizing effect of venturing into a discussion on current events.

Is this really necessary? Have we gotten to a point where we cannot bring up front page stories for fear of straining – even possibly ruining – long-standing relationships?

The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago decided to try to answer this




Like all Americans, I’m heartbroken by the recent incidents of gun violence that have shaken our country. The statistics are well known: Americans are 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed countries and nearly 12,000 Americans die each year, ripping apart families and communities. But in today’s divisive political climate, gun violence prevention has become all too difficult to achieve. That is why my colleagues and I are honored to partner with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)

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