Syria Direct’s Journalist Training Program Highlighted in Washington Post

August 4, 2016 – Syria Direct received national attention for its efforts to bring timely, accurate and on-the-ground news from Syria to the rest of the world through their breaking news website, journalist training program and research service.

Founded in 2013 with support from GPD, Syria Direct is an Amman-based nonprofit organization that trains highly talented, aspiring Syrian and American journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting on the civil war in Syria.

To read the full article, go here.

Interview with Head of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq

July 28, 2016 – Nussaibah Younis, Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, spoke on NPR today about how the U.S. intervention in Iraq affected our involvement in Syria. To read the full transcript of her interview, go here.

Nussaibah Younis directs the Task Force on the Future of Iraq chaired by former Ambassador Ryan Crocker. The Task Force identifies ways to support the Iraqis in stabilizing their state, reconciling their warring communities, and building the basis for long term stability in the country.

Army FM Draws Attention for Innovative Approach to Political Discourse in Ukraine

May 27, 2016 – In March, Ukraine’s army launched Army FM, a radio station for soldiers created to provide content that counters the pro-Russia and pro-separatist programming from other local stations. Using a mix of humor, music and political satire, Army FM will seek to attract, engage, and inform an audience with limited access to credible news sources. Spirit of America, with support from the GPD Charitable Trust, worked with Ukraine’s Defense Ministry to get the project off the ground. For the full article in the Wall Street Journal, go here.

The Atlantic Council Launches Task Force on the Future of Iraq

February 2016 – The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East has established a Task Force on the Future of Iraq chaired by former Ambassador Ryan Crocker. The Task Force will identify ways to support the Iraqis in stabilizing their state, reconciling their warring communities, and building the basis for long-term stability in the country.

The Task Force comprises twenty-five top Iraq experts from around the world. They will convene in Washington, DC for the launch, and will conduct fact-finding missions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Baghdad, and Najaf. The Task Force will consult European policymakers in Berlin. Finally, they will report their findings in November in order to recommend to the incoming US administration a long-term approach to the stabilization of Iraq. The Task Force on the Future of Iraq will tackle the following key issues:

  • The Future of the Popular Mobilization Units
  • The Status of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq
  • Re-integrating Internally Displaced Peoples
  • Rehabilitating Iraq’s Sunni Community
  • Building Effective Governance
  • Reforming the Iraqi Economy
  • Re-Establishing Boundaries between Iraq and Regional Powers

GPD funding contributed to the creation of this task force.

GPD Receives Honorable Mention from McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund

January 2016

The GPD Charitable Trust received a $5,000 honorable mention contribution from the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund in recognition of its support for Syria Direct.

The John P. McNulty Prize aims to galvanize efforts to address the foremost social, economic and environmental challenges of our time by recognizing exceptional leadership projects undertaken by the Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The winner of the John P. McNulty Prize receives a $100,000 award to further his or her leadership project. The Prize is paid directly to the project over two years and is contingent upon continued progress. Each of the other laureates receives a $10,000 award.

Since 2008 the Prize winners and laureates have included B Lab, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa, Nutrivida in Costa Rica, Youth Local Councils in Palestine, Projecto Pais in El Salvador and FundWell in San Francisco.

Founded in 2013, Syria Direct Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria while training highly talented, aspiring Syrian and American journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting.

The award will directly benefit Syria Direct.

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Young Presidents' Organization-World Presidents' Organization Social Engagement Network News

20 November 2015

Congratulations: International Most Innovative Network Award and Best SEN Network event for FY15!

On behalf of the YPO-WPO INC Awards Subcommittee, the Global Diplomacy and Public Policy Network event: Navigating the Middle East Conflict in 2014 received two awards: the International Most Innovative Award and the Best SEN Network Event for FY15!On behalf of GDPP, congratulations to the extraordinary champions, Yann Borgstedt (YPO Alpine), Maurice Ostro (WPO Europe At Large) and John DeBlasio (YPO Chicago-Windy City), for contributing your time and talents. Your efforts showcase the energy of YPO-WPO to bring together members from around the globe to connect and share life-changing ideas and experiences!