Soviets Come and Soviets Go, But Russia Remains the Same

Published on March 12th, 2014 by Dean Foster

Central to this blog’s philosophy is uncovering the hidden driving forces behind the world’s headlines. One story that has captured global attention is the situation unfolding between Russia and Ukraine. The events in Ukraine surely can be interpreted through an economic and political lens, but a deeper explanation lies in an understanding of the national cultures of both Ukraine and Russia. A political interpretation of the dispute in the Crimea says Russia needs to maintain its naval access to the Mediterranean through its Black Sea port located in the Crimea.

Cuba Seen Through the Eyes Of a US-American

Published on January 20th, 2014 by Dean Foster

Having recently returned from a trip to Cuba, I was struck by many things about the island and the repercussions of a revolution now five decades old.

Global Gifts: Dos and Don’ts for Holiday Gift Giving Around the World

Published on December 8th, 2013 by Dean Foster

Holiday gift giving can be a little tricky when giving gifts to international associates. Cultural differences can turn something that makes a terrific gift when given at home into a terrible no-no when given abroad. Here are some cross-cultural, gift-giving considerations.

What Windows Reveal About the Cultural Differences in European Cities

Published on November 20th, 2013 by Dean Foster

Even through architecture and home decoration, deeper cultural issues – of sometimes profound historical importance – can be revealed.

The Texas Solution to Crime: Arm Independent Citizens, Defund the Police; Is There a Cultural Gene at Work?

Published on October 28th, 2013 by Dean Foster

While Dallas is an example of what happens with little governmental trust, New York and European capitals are good examples of where trust in government can take us.


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