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Getting to Tel Aviv and Israel for the first time is a culture shock. You step off the plane and, instantly, you’re placed into an environment that is entirely foreign to almost everyone outside of Israel. This is the only country with Hebrew as the national language and Judaism as the national religion.

Guest blogger: Leah, a BSBA sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis

So, lets begin with the new language. Not only a new language that you very well might not understand, but also a new alphabet, which creates entirely new obstacles. We may not think too much about it, but the alphabet is very, very important. When in France, or Spain, or other European countries, there are plenty of cognates so that we can somewhat comprehend the signs we see on the streets or a menu of some sorts. Here that all changes.

Being Christian in a Jewish state isn’t so much of an obstacle here, but a reality check. Back in the States, we are surrounded by a Christian society that hangs lights during the Christmas months, some shops close down on Sundays for religious reasons, and many other nuances that seem to be just a part of life for us. But in Tel Aviv, there is a stark difference in the way that things are done. For religious reasons, there is no working allowed on Friday from sundown to Saturday around the same time.

From seeing all of these differences in societal occurrences, I’ve come to ask questions to further understand why some things are done the way they are here, and I’ve found myself becoming more curious about other ways of life than my own. This program isn’t only helping us learn about business in Israel, but also to learn about the culture and to appreciate it.

Bryan, Jared, Leah, Adam, and Marni at a start-up in Tel Aviv.

Bryan, Jared, Leah, Adam, and Marni at a start-up in Tel Aviv.

While there are so many cultural differences here, there are ways to adapt and adjust. For the most part, you can always find someone in the vicinity who speaks at least a little bit of English to help you out, and they are more than happy to do so. Israelis want everyone to understand their culture too, so there are never judgments passed. One specific asset that we have in this program is a peer mentor from the IDC campus. Having a personal connection with someone close to our age who can help us get around and see Tel Aviv the way that they see it as a local is an amazing experience that not many visitors enjoy.


The 2015 Israel Summer Business Academy begins June 4! In Tel Aviv, Israel, 35 undergraduate students are are coming together from six universities around the world for the next six weeks.

They’ll be studying venture creation, business, innovation, and entrepreneurship at IDC in Herzliya. In addition to time in the classroom, they’ll also embark on cultural and academic excursions to visit Jerusalem, Negev Desert, Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee.

For more information on ISBA and what to look forward to from this summer’s academy, visit the website and read last year’s blogs here. And be sure to follow the blog for updates on their adventures and follow them on Twitter: @ISBA_Olin and #OlinISBA.


“Bringing people together for a better world,” is an overarching goal for Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to Rainer Meyrer, the company’s Global Director, Beer & Better World.  Meyrer was a guest speaker in Prof. Martin Sneider’s MGT 529 class, Management and Corporate Responsibility.

While there are many definitions of a better world, Meyrer spoke about AB InBev’s three pillars of what many would call corporate social responsibility:

  • Responsible Drinking
  • Environment
  • Community

The main goal in each of the areas is problem reduction, and as a company, AB InBev believes it has a responsibility, as people and citizens, to participate in making a better world.

Educating people across the globe about designated drivers, water conservation, agricultural development, and watershed protection are just a few of the projects Meyrer explored with the class.

He also was clear that AB InBev is not the solution to all problems, but can certainly be part of the solution.

Watch video about AB Inbev’s Better World corporate responsibility initiatives here.

Effective policy making requires a multifaceted and nuanced understanding of the world around us. Markets are global and economies are increasingly interdependent. As the world has grown closer, residents of Brazil, Syria, and China are now our next door neighbors. Tanks and planes aren’t the only consideration for the new policy entrepreneur. A clear view of the world is necessary to understand the international ramifications of decisions made in the United States.

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BEE’s Trevor Corning

Brookings Executive Education recognizes the need for policy-focused courses with content that provides the economic, political and social perspectives in addition to the national security lens. Senior Program Manager, Ian Dubin, and Trevor Corning, Program Coordinator,  have redesigned the curriculum for the Global and Regional Challenges courses with these nuances in mind.

Global Challenges, Threats, and Opportunities: U.S. Perspective articulates the issues broadly, giving the participants a framework in which to understand the regionally focused courses.

Each Regional Challenges, Threats, and Opportunities course has been designed to help participants understand the context and landscape of the U.S interests and geopolitics of each region. An increasingly globalized world requires a look at regional issues from a multifaceted perspective.

For example, the creation of policy impacting South and Central America is no longer simply a national security matter, i.e. border patrol. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) are influencing how we create national security policy as U.S. businesses aim to expand to local markets in countries that have positive relationships with the U.S. The surge in unaccompanied children from Central America has made the border a humanitarian issue.

The recent Chinese cyber-attacks on Middle East scholars at prominent think tanks and law firms in the United States are another example of the intersection of politics, society, economics, and security. As a large importer of oil, China is invested in the stability of the Middle East as well as the U.S.’s plans for strategic action as a matter of trade, international business and national security.

The economic, political and social climates of a region have become inextricably linked locally and globally.

Brookings Executive Education (BEE) explores these links in the following regions: East and South Asia, the Middle East, and South and Central America. BEE will add to the repertoire a fourth regionally focused course on Africa in 2015. Each course takes participants through the challenges, threats, and opportunities within the region providing information so they may more effectively craft policy, affect change, develop business, and work cohesively in and with that region.

Pictured above are: Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; and Ian Dubin, BEE Senior Program Manager.

I’ve never been much of a traveler or that adventurous a person, and I had things I didn’t want to miss back home like the football team, friends, and my girlfriend. But that all changed when my older brother went abroad when I was a freshman.

Christopher Levine,  Economics and Strategy Major, class of 2015, shares his semester abroad experience.

For any students reading this I am certain that on every campus tour you took before deciding to commit to Wash U. you were told about the amount of study abroad programs available to you. This makes sense, study abroad has become a much more popular thing to do these days and it seems like my Facebook is always flooded with friends’ pictures from their own study abroad adventures. I, however, always ignored that part of the campus tour.

I’ve never been much of a traveler or that adventurous a person, and I had things I didn’t want to miss back home like the football team, friends, and my girlfriend. But that all changed when my older brother went abroad when I was a freshman. The thought that this might be my only chance – maybe in my lifetime – to go to a foreign country and to live there for five months became a reality.

So it was settled then right? I was going to go abroad and have the best semester of my life just like all of my friends had said when they returned home. But they weren’t kidding when they said how many programs you could actually participate in as a Wash U. student and I was again on the fence.

I knew I wanted to go to London because I could speak English, live in a big city, and the culture, mainly soccer, had really grown on me since going to college and my brother’s  return from Manchester.

The London Internship program is by far the most popular at Olin and I even had two friends that had participated in the past and enjoyed it. The problem was that I had heard this program is basically Wash U. in London, meaning you stay with your Wash U. classmates and don’t really interact with English people, especially students, like you would in other study abroad programs that were also available at Wash U. I went back and forth, weighing the pros and cons of each, and ultimately decided on the London Internship Program and I am very happy that I did.


Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

As part of the European Olin Study Abroad programs, you travel to an assigned European Union member country and then meet up with everyone in Belgium for a crash course about the EU. This had to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my time abroad.

After an interview with a government official in Malta, I couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it was that with just one partner’s help, I had successfully set up an in-person interview with a significant Maltese official in the EU process.

I’ve since started my internship at one of the world’s most renowned soccer clubs and am in the process of completing the longest and most academic research paper of my life. I don’t want to compare my experience with anyone else’s, but I do know that when I return home I will be so proud of what I have accomplished.

I know the title of this blog begs a question that many college students face, but I cannot answer that question definitively. I have shared my feelings about my personal experience abroad hoping to give another perspective, but nobody can decide if studying abroad is right for you except yourself. It is a time for personal exploration and there is only one person who can decide if that is the right thing to do.

Notwithstanding domestic challenges of a divided government, federal government shutdown, and the debt ceiling, the U.S. continues to be engaged in a variety of national security issues. The global security environment is in a period of such flux and transition. What are the current Global Challenges, Threats and Opportunities from the U.S. perspective for national security policy issues?

At the global power level, an entire reordering is taking place, with the rise of state actors like China and India and the shift in strategic competition from the Atlantic to the Pacific. At the same time, non-state actors have emerged as major players in global security, while failed or failing zones have become epicenters of threat on multiple levels that range from civil war to humanitarian disasters.

These transformations are all the more challenging as they occur within the rapidly changing context of the 21st century revolutions in technology. Information Tech and Robotics, communications, energy use, and bio-technology are all emerging game changers, reshaping both the civilian and military worlds.  Access to nuclear technology has become more widespread, with more than 30 nations now holding stocks of highly enriched uranium or plutonium.

In short, the hallmark of security issues in the 21st century may not be merely change, but how the rate of change is accelerating—namely, at an exponential pace unparalleled in history. These new threats require new strategies and new thinking.

Leading experts recently discussed these issues and many others at Brookings in Brookings Executive Education’s annual Global Challenges, National Security seminar held on December 3-4, 2013.

For more on issues that were discussed this December:

Read: Saving Defense Dollars: From Base Realignment and Closure to Overhead Realignment and Closure 

“The administration and Congress should pursue a two-pronged effort—revitalizing the Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) process while convening a similar, but new, Overhead Realignment and Closure Commission (“ORAC”) to make the Defense Department a less wasteful organization.”

Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and Kay Bailey Hutchison

Listen to Event Audio: U.S. Global Leadership in the Second Obama Administration: Policies and Realities

“But most importantly, when people are talking about the relative position of the United States, I think the general consensus among economists these days is that what you can certainly say about the United States is that it’s doing pretty well in a pretty bad world situation.”

– Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, speaking at an event at Brookings on October 11 with Senior Fellow and Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy Tamara Wittes, Soli Özel of Kadir Has University, Brookings President Strobe Talbott, Muharrem Yılmaz, president of the Turkish Industry and Business Association and Turkey Project Director and TUSIAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci.

Watch: Defending the Nation at Network Speed

The Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for keynote remarks and a discussion of the military’s role in cyberspace and the threat that cyberattacks pose to the U.S.

Learn: These leading experts participated in BEE’s annual Global Challenges seminar:

Photo Credit: Department of Defense photo by Master Sgt. John Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force, Flikr