Bridging The Gap: Our World

I met Mr. Pauling during my internship at Monroe College. This young man, to my surprise (since he was quiet majority of the program) was quite intelligent and truly advance beyond his age. While teenagers his age were contemplating which date to go on, he was debating foreign policy. WOW! Quoting his Facebook information page, Neil is ” a cool guy,who loves to study different cultures, ethnicities groups, and people. He, one day wishes to fight for the rights of those who don’t have them. He appreciates the value of hard work; says that ‘nothing feels better than making something with your own hands’. He is trustworthy, loyal, determined and sometimes just a chill guy to have around.” I concur folks! Sharing his personal view on international relations, is Mr. Neil Pauling.

 {{ Bridging The Gap: Our World }}

……………….It was once said a few years ago that if the human race was to vanish from the earth in the next 50 years it wouldn’t be because of disease or some sort of cataclysmic event, but because of bellicose foreign policy and international relations. In a world where thousands of nuclear weapons exist and more countries are trying to acquire them, where suicide terrorist strikes come without warning and thousands die each day from poverty caused by the way the international system operates, we need to know about and understand international relations.

—————–> This is what makes international relations such an exciting and interesting – not to mention important – subject to study especially as youth because they will become the future leaders, politicians and activists of tomorrow. International Relations as a collective subject isn’t usually taught at school, but is a subject that one (specifically politically active youth) already know something about. Do you remember where you were on 9/11? How you felt? You are already part of international relations because of the choices you make, such as whether you buy fair trade, or fast food; because of your identity, religion and cultural background; because of the news you watch (whether that’s Sky News, News at Ten or Big Brother’s Little Brother); because of the resources you possess, the place you live and so on. Put simply, international relations is about war and peace, conflict and cooperation, wealth and poverty, power and change, and understanding patterns of behavior between the actors in the world – from states, to presidents, to corporations.

==== It is up to the youth as the next generation of torch bearers to carry on an idea of multiculturalism & tolerance towards ==== those around them in order to further preserve the Earth & its people, nations & culture for many more generations. Remember ==== if enough of the people including the youth around the world had voiced their opinion and opposition, events such as Darfur or ==== the ever-growing threat of terrorism, nationalism & militarism could have been suppressed or even totally avoided.


I told you guys Neil was a forward thinker! The best way to anticipate a brighter future is to learn from the lessons of the past. We can’t change what happened before but we can prepare for tomorrow by using today to the best of our abilities. If you think this article is interesting, try talking to him! I’m telling you, this guy knows his stuff! If you want to contact Neil you can do so through the following ways:


Neil also suggests that you get involved in  the following things this summer. Try them out!

BRAC foundation
Opportunity International
Grameen Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Harlem Children’s Zone
Habitat For Humanity



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