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Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
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Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.

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February 16
Volker will be presenting; "Trumpocalypse: The Future of US Foreign Policy under a Trump Presidency" at the North Atlanta Rotary Club, Thursday, February 16, 12:00 noon at The 57th Restaurant, 3829 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30341

February 22-25
Volker will be attending the International Studies Association Convention in Baltimore, MD, February 22-25 and will be teaching a case writing career workshop

October 17-19
Volker is conducting a case writing workshop at the U.S. Army War College.

October 4
Volker will present "We the People: Reflections on Electing Leaders in America and Europe" to the International Club of Atlanta, 6:45pm  drinks and dinner, talk at 8:00 pm, at The Heritage, Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

In the News!
Read this new article in the huffington post, Featuring TRENDS

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TRENDS Global
Transnational Research and Engagement in Diverse Societies

Violence, poverty, famine, drought, and disease continue to define people’s lives around the world. Globally, more than 800 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day, nearly one out of every nine people go to bed hungry every night, nearly 6 million children die every year before their 5th birthday, more than 40 percent of the world’s population do not have enough water, and fertile land is disappearing 30-35 times faster than in the past. Poverty, armed conflict, crime, torture, inequality, racism, and exploitation remain sources of conflict that continue to stand in the way of progress and prosperity.

In the United States, more than 45 million people and nearly 20 percent of all children live in poverty and income inequalities are rising. America’s crime and homicide rates are among the highest in the industrialized world, racial and gender discrimination persist, and energy scarcity is rising. These problems affect everybody, especially those who have the least access to social, economic, and political resources.

The motivation for TRENDS Global and the key principle guiding our ideas for research and engagement in diverse societies is that empowerment of disadvantaged and underserved populations, transforms communities and strengthens societies. TRENDS Global promotes the search for both localized and global strategies for resolving conflict by pursuing two main goals:

Research Goals

Conduct and foster research with long-term impact


  • Conduct research with an impact for resolving and transforming interpersonal, societal and international conflict
  • Establish global interdisciplinary research clusters and partnerships to analyze emerging social and political challenges and explore opportunities for constructively engaging current conflicts
  • Serve as an incubator for research intended to support disempowered and underserved populations
  • Provide professional training to emerging thought leaders, scholars and practitioners from developing countries and underserved communities

Engagement Goals

Engage individuals and diverse communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Facilitate global understanding through purposeful intercultural encounters and international exchanges 
  • Develop projects and structures to support disempowered and underserved populations in improving everyday living conditions
  • Recognize and address diversity through community needs assessments and demand-sensitive engagement
  • Provide project impact assessments and external evaluations of community research and engagement projects conducted by third parties
  • Bring together thought leaders and experts from academia, government, and industry to discuss innovative solutions
  • Identify, mentor, and empower the next generation of community leaders

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