Lydia Kaplan's Blog (17)

what advice would you give.....

what advice would you give

to the 8-year-old you?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 4, 2019 at 12:24am — No Comments

scented flower

when was the last time you smelled a scented flower?

when was the last time you gave a scented flower as a gift?

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Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 1, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments


It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

I extend my gratitude to all of my Carnegie friends across the globe!…

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Added by Lydia Kaplan on November 28, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

when a friend grows old, and alone

what are your thoughts, about when our friends grow old, and alone? perhaps they never had children, or their families never remained unified. what is our responsibility, to care for these friends, even in our own old age? in what ways did your culture prepare you for this? 

Added by Lydia Kaplan on November 25, 2019 at 12:04am — No Comments


Do you ever wonder what your grandparents, or great-grandparents, would say about the world if they were alive? What would they be most proud of? Baffled by? Angry about? What advice would they give?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 30, 2018 at 6:12pm — No Comments

menu of peace

Think of your favorite dishes from around the world. Sounds like a crazy idea but....what if we made a meal of recipes from enemy tables? How dare we find things delicious, prepared by the "villains" of this world? 

I think this would be a great party. Who's in?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 28, 2018 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment


So many cultures give flowers as a greeting, a gift, an offering of peace, to mark a rite of passage.

As Spring is in full bloom in the US, I wonder about flowers.

What are your thoughts? How does your culture use flowers in a special way?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on May 23, 2018 at 8:10pm — No Comments

sports diplomacy

i've been hearing about "sports diplomacy" these days, mostly surrounding north korean and south korean relations during the upcoming olympics. in fact, it has been in existence since ancient greece, and is referred to as "the olympic truce". here's a link for more information, from the olympic organization:…


Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 23, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

in the words of dr. martin luther king, jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'.

Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 14, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

i'm sorry about what he said.....

.....the president of my country made an abhorrent statement the other day. please accept my apologies, on behalf of my friends and family. his words and deeds are NOT a reflection of anyone i know. our hearts are broken over his shameful comments.

Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 14, 2018 at 2:23pm — No Comments

celebrating diversity in a historically homogeneous community: feedback please!

Brainstorming with friends tonight, we wondered how we can bring together our diverse neighbors in a welcoming way. The demographics in this historically homogeneous community are shifting, and we are glad for that, but are concerned they might feel isolated.

We have some ideas for a community event, but I am interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas as well. 

Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 10, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments

healthcare access

Of the two, globally, which is the greater cause of healthcare being inaccessible or unaffordable: Power? Money?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 18, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments


So what do you think: businesses and schools close for only some religious or cultural holidays. Should they close for all?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 14, 2017 at 7:43pm — No Comments

when friends don't think alike

Is it possible to maintain a friendship when it's become apparent that ones political beliefs have created divisiveness throughout the world? Is it possible to make a new friend whose politics are different that ours? 

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 12, 2017 at 7:19am — No Comments

on this beautiful snowy day

The world is exploding around us, while I enjoy the sunshine brightening last night's snowfall this morning. Everything is cold and fresh, in my little back yard. But there's a big back yard that's a living hell. 

Added by Lydia Kaplan on December 10, 2017 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

teaching young people about refugees

What are your thoughts: How best to teach young people to accept differences and recognize similarities as we bring refugees into our worlds?

Added by Lydia Kaplan on February 9, 2016 at 11:42pm — No Comments




This century, a universal, unified healing has got to happen, across all cultures. In my mind, what precisely needs to be healed has not yet been entirely identified, though we can feel something isn’t quite right. It’s a little tricky and can get confusing: “In the end, aren’t we all the same?” or “We are all different and we need to honor and respect those differences.” But what I have observed for sure is that, thankfully, the “troops” are…


Added by Lydia Kaplan on January 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Carnegie Council

Hungary and the Values Test

In the wake of the Hungarian parliament's vote to allow the executive to rule by decree, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the call by some to expel Hungary from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization--on the grounds that the country no longer upholds the liberal-democratic values that should form the basis of the security association.

The Coronavirus Pandemic & International Relations, with Nikolas Gvosdev

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all aspects of daily life around the world, what will be the effect on international relations? Will it increase cooperation among nations, or will it lead to more conflict and competition? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev and host Alex Woodson discuss these scenarios and also touch on how the virus has affected the Democratic primary, in which Joe Biden now has a commanding lead.

Does COVID-19 Change International Relations?

Does a global pandemic change the nature of international affairs? Is it likely to foster international cooperation, or will it promote disintegrative tendencies within the global system? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.





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