With the world in a frenzy over the World Cup tournament, Lauren Young re-visits the newly re-issued How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer. Despite the books grandiose title, "its beauty is that it does not make a specific argument—by recognizing the messy heterogeneity of soccer’s effect on people, it very clearly shows the game’s power to drive right to the heart of a cultural or economic phenomenon." Read on...
Lauren Young is currently a research assistant looking at governance and private sector investment in Africa at the Center for Global Development. Lauren joins CGD from Monrovia where she worked for the past year in Liberia facilitating projects related to returnee reintegration as a Grants Manager for the American Refugee Committee. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and honors in International Security Studies. Her other experience includes interning with an MCA threshold program in Tanzania, volunteering in a Congolese refugee camp in Zambia, and helping to launch a fundraising and awareness campaign called FACE AIDS.
Some consider her adventures heroic, while others see her exploits as privileged opportunism. The life of Emma McCune was complex and thrilling, which is why her actions in Sudan have inspired both fictional and biographical portraits. Lauren Young examines a novel and a semi-biography of the romantic Brit with ulterior motives. Through the lens of McCune, the two books also examine the roles of Westerners on idealistic foreign aid missions.
On October 9, 2009, the Nobel Committee announced that President Barack Obama had been awarded the coveted peace prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." How can Obama live up to such lofty expectations? One almost needs a roadmap. In Power & Responsibility, three authors provide just that. Lauren Young reviews.