Millions of tourists flocked to Mexico and Central America on December 21, 2012 to celebrate the completion of the 13th (and, some said, final) “baktun” or nearly 400-year period of the Mayan “long count” calendar. While doomsday profiteers peddled end of the world paranoia throughout cyberspace in an effort to sell books and videos to [...]
In 2009, Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati introduced an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that carried the death penalty for “serial offenders” of the “offense of homosexuality.” Under intense international pressure including threats to withhold foreign development aid, the bill was defeated in May 2011. The defeat was widely perceived as a case study of power politics in the [...]
As a staff member of the Soka Gakkai International-USA Buddhist Association, Daniel directs awareness raising initiatives centered on the U.N. Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. In May 2012, he completed a Master of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and has since conducted research in this area as an independent scholar. His research interests include faith diplomacy, media and religion, and the role of transnational non-state actors in global affairs. In 2013, Palgrave Macmillan will publish his article titled "Pope John Paul II, Radio Free Europe and Faith Diplomacy" as part of a new volume on religion and public diplomacy.