I’ve been criss-crossing the hill this week, meeting with the offices of Representatives and Senators about the State Foreign Operations account, the tiny fraction of the federal budget that covers international development efforts. The weather in DC has been amazing – bright, sunny and clear – and as I walk from one meeting to the [...]Continue Reading →
Last Friday, May 4, Janessa Goldbeck concluded her 4,200 mile, coast-to-coast solo bicycle tour. We were so thrilled that Janessa’s final event coincided with the Truman Project’s annual conference, and that the entire Truman community was able to share in celebrating Janessa’s successful tour and safe return to Washington D.C. Below are Janessa’s remarks from the [...]Continue Reading →
I got into Atlanta earlier than anticipated – the rolling hills of Georgia were in my favor that day, and most of the rolling was downhill. With a few hours until I was supposed to give a talk at Emory, I hung out on the back porch with Dar, the friend who was generously hosting [...]Continue Reading →
Savannah, Georgia is a lot of things at once – leafy yet urban, classical but edgy, sleepy in the squares and bumpin’ in the bars. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when my meeting with a staffer who works for Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) – a congressman who voted FOR the Ryan [...]Continue Reading →
It’s official: I’ve biked across the continental United States and I’ve finally made it to the Altantic Ocean. Check out my video below.
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Last night, I had an incredible event with over 60 Tallahassee natives: students, veterans, community members, and elected officials. The room was packed and I stood proudly alongside Mayor John Marks and Representative Alan Williams as we made our case that international development is vital to our nation’s security.
This was by far the [...]Continue Reading →
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking with a group of students at Tulane University in New Orleans about the connection between funding international development programs and our national security here at home. The audience included several students and faculty from Tulane’s Payson Center for International Development as well as student veterans and [...]Continue Reading →
It’s true what they say – everything is bigger in Texas. From face-sized platters of enchiladas to heaping servings of hospitality served up in every town I stopped in, the Lone Star State lived up to its most famous cliche.
In the small desert towns of West Texas, where I met cowboys, cactus salesmen, cops [...]Continue Reading →
Last night, I had an incredible event with veterans from the Air Force, Army, and the Marine Corps at Houston’s American Legion Post #416. I was humbled to be joined by these veterans and speak with them candidly about the importance of international development to our national security. I walked away from the [...]Continue Reading →
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet lately, you’ve likely been barraged by links to the video by advocacy organization Invisible Children about the ongoing atrocities in Northern Uganda. The video has sparked debate about whether it oversimplifies or misrepresents the situation, but one thing is certain: the destruction the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) wreaked since the 1980s [...]Continue Reading →