Remembering 170 years of innovation at the World’s Fair

The World’s Fair has long been a stage for innovation and achievement, putting host countries on the map as global leaders.   The World’s Fair (officially, the International Registered Exhibition) is where the present meets the future. Since its debut in London in 1851, these global gatherings have served as a glimpse into the world…

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When will we be able to travel again?

Dozens of tech companies, international travel agencies, and even governments are racing to bring us digital health passes in hopes to reopen the world. But will it be enough to get travelers in the air again?     Throughout the past twelve months, the common thread between different countries across the globe has been the…

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Thinking Global Is Driving Innovation

70,000 people, gathered from over 160 countries, in one city, with one mission.  Is that not powerful? Gathering different minds and talents, values and cultures, genders and ages— all in a single room?  I had the honor to make the opening remarks for Future Societies at the Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon. And as I stood across a crowd of 70,000 people…

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Diplomatic Immunity: To Waive or Not to Waive

Guest post by Professor Craig Barker, Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. The death of Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire in August was allegedly caused by the wife of an American diplomat, Anne Sacoolas. Mrs. Sacoolas responded to initial police questioning in the case but later left the…

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The Pioneers of Global Citizenship

The people of Hong Kong can be seen as the catalyst of the Global Citizen industry. During the handover of Hong Kong in the 1980s, the people of the British colony anxiously searched for alternative places to live. Thousands of them chose to move to immigrant friendly Canada; particularly to Vancouver and Toronto, and with…

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Passport Wars: A Travel Document or Weapon

Never mind trade or soccer wars: politicians are now using passports as an offensive weapon. Days after the election of Ukraine’s new president Volodymr Zelenskiy, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, announced that he would offer a Russian passport to all Ukrainians, not just those living in the east of the country. President Zelenskiy,…

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Citizenship, Statelessness and the Returning “ISIS Brides”

Guest blog by Craig Barker. Citizenship is an increasingly contested concept in today’s diverse world. For some, it is possible to establish dual or even multiple citizenship, leading to enhanced rights of travel and protection. For others citizenship is an elusive ideal, with many individuals denied citizenship and rendered stateless. The consequences of statelessness are…

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The Davos Man and the Refugee

Picture this… You are shoved into a back room, shouted at, told you’re worthless and useless. This wasn’t the welcome I was expecting at Davos. I know that ‘Davos Man’ has been somewhat derided in the past few years, but I felt this was going too far. Only this wasn’t part of Davos itself, or…

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Charles Aznavour, You Were Formidable

Today the world mourns the death of legendary French-Armenian artist, Charles Aznavour. Like water, music knows no boundaries, and Mr. Aznavour’s music was a testament to melodies and lyrics diffusing their emotions through borders, continents and even through generations. I am proud of my Armenian heritage and upbringing, which introduced me to Aznavour’s music at…

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Concordia Summit and Opportunities in CIPs

Discussing new products for existing Citizenship-by-Investment Programs (CIPs), and opportunities for new programs at this year’s Concordia Annual Summit, with Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Rick Houenipwela; and Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković. This time each year, New York gets even more diversified as the world comes to participate…

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