A sneak peek behind the scenes as Premier Skills, the British Council’s global soccer partnership with the Premier League, launches in Chicago.
A young Egyptian’s perspective on non-proliferation in the Middle East
By Karim Kamel, Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network Fellow
Immersing myself in nonproliferation studies has been a thrilling life journey. Growing up in Egypt, I realized early in life that I live in a highly volatile region, where war rhetoric and existential threats prevailed. I remember thinking: can’t we do something different? Can’t we come up with an alternative to this apocalyptic vision?
After finishing my undergraduate studies majoring in political science and minoring in biology, I discovered that I really enjoy dealing with work that has both natural sciences and social sciences components. In this regard, nonproliferation was precisely the right field for me, and I decided to pursue a master’s degree on the subject.
While working at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna in 2012, I had the honor to meet Dr. Chen Kane, who told me about the Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network. The idea of engaging in projects with young specialists from across the region on arms control sounded exciting, and I instantly confirmed my interest in joining.
I’m interested in nonproliferation in the Middle East not only because it fosters peace; I also find it fascinating because it exists in the intersection of science and policy. I not only have to understand the policies of controlling weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but also the materials that comprise WMD, and what technologies contribute to their development, control, and elimination.
The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games may have ended, but the legacy of an active lifestyle and commitments to sport have endured. Since the Games, medal-winning athletes have been inspiring communities around the country as they have visited local schools and attended events. 1.4 million more people are playing sport once a week since London won the bid in 2005, and £1 billion has been invested into youth and community sport.
We could scream but no one will hear us, they cover our mouths and threaten us.
Graffiti art in Suq al-Juma’a
Residents of Suq al-Juma’a have been beautifying their neighbourhood since the conflict ended. Along the main wall are murals painted by young artists who won a local design competition.
Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt visited Libya 6-8 December. As well as calls on the new Libyan government he met British nurses at the Oil Centre medical clinic, re-launced the British Council in Tripoli, took a tour of the notorious Abu Saleem prison and visited a community project.
(photo via Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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A panel led by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague answered questions on climate change from an international youth audience on 8 November.
An international youth audience will put their questions on climate change to a panel led by Foreign Secretary William Hague in a live webcast on 8 November.
Joining the Foreign Secretary will be Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko of South Africa, and Martin Davidson, Chief Executive at the British Council. Television presenter Rick Edwards will chair the discussion and put questions from the international audience to the panel.
You can watch the webcast live on 8 November from 1400 GMT (Registration required).
12 August marks 2011 International Youth Day: Change Our World and the culmination of the International Year of Youth. The day offers an opportunity for the international community to call attention to their efforts to support and invest in future generations.
Click through to take a look at the work being done to create greater opportunities for the young men and women of Afghanistan.