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Geena Rocero on stage at TED2014.
Geena Rocero on stage at TED2014.

What do we tell ourselves (and others) when we face a problem? More often than not we simply say “Mind over matter kid! Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!” (read more…)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence in Paris on Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP / Jacquelyn Martin) Source: CTVNews
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador’s residence in Paris on Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP / Jacquelyn Martin) Source: CTVNews

After a century long history of American interventionism across the world, culminating most recently with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it has almost become automatic for the United States to intervene in all foreign affairs.

With a defense budget hovering around $530 billion dollars, we certainly have the means to carry out these types of military operations (what else are we going to spend it on, education?).  However, under the Obama administration, there seems to have been a fundamental shift in United States foreign policy.  In response to uprisings in Egypt, Syria, and most recently Ukraine the United States has taken a more diplomatic approach, preferring negotiations and economic sanctions instead of deploying companies of marines.  It is my contention that public opinion has played a large role in this change. Let’s explore this shift.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

About TEDxUconn

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit TED’s registration page.