Leaders from Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) discuss observations and takeaways on getting started — and advancing — in foreign affairs.

The panel includes:

  • Gary Barnabo — management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, past president of YPFP (March 2012-March 2015), member of the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International, a nonprofit established by President Eisenhower.
  • Elizabeth Cutler — project associate with DAI where she provides home office support to USAID-funded projects in Asia. At the time of this discussion, she was the acting president of YPFP. Previously, she was a recruiter for the Afghanistan portfolio at DAI, during which time she spent 3 weeks in northern Afghanistan training local staff.
  • Joshua Marcuse — founder and chairman of YPFP. Marcuse serves as senior adviser for policy innovation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and is in the 2015 Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security.

This episode was adapted from The Huddle for Global Change, an online forum for professionals seeking a fulfilling and impactful career in the international arena. Other recordings from the Huddle (along with slides) are available here.

In this special episode of Pangea, brought to you in partnership with the Council of American Ambassadors and the Meridian International Center, Ambassador John Maisto, who served as U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua and Venezuela under President Bill Clinton, shares observations from his recent trip to Cuba.

Amb. John Maisto

Todd Carmichael is the star of the Travel Channel show “Dangerous Grounds,” which sheds light on the places where coffee beans come from. The show documents Carmichael’s coffee sourcing expeditions, which often take him to politically unstable and conflict-ridden areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Read an excerpt of the interview on The Seattle Globalist.

Todd Carmichael_Host of Travel Channel's Dangerous Grounds

Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel.


It has been six months since journalist Tom Paulson (@tompaulson) took Humanosphere independent (more on that here).

As one of the few blogs devoted to covering global health, development and humanitarian issues, its sustainability is of great interest to the community of readers who know it and consume it every day.

So I checked in with Tom to see how his non-profit enterprise is going and what the next six months might look like, and frankly, his responses might be a little worrying to Humanosphere fans (hey, it’s challenging to find the time to do journalism AND run an organization).

True to form, Tom was candid and insightful in the interview.

We cover a lot of ground in our conversation — his surprising stint as a construction worker, how he stumbled onto the global health beat during his tenure at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, what ticks him off about mainstream coverage of global health and development, and why he doesn’t think he’ll be allowed back into Rwanda (hint: he might have annoyed President Paul Kagame just a little bit).

Listen and enjoy! And by the way, let me know what you think of the new intro tune.

Show notes

  • Tom’s post about the Gates Foundation’s relationship with the media
  • An episode of Tom’s podcast with Nicholas Kristof
  • Tom’s series from Rwanda