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DON EBERLY has had a 30 year career in national and international policy, with 13 years spent in the Middle East, both with the State Department and a private company. Eberly served in senior post-war reconstruction roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, winning the prestigious Joint Military-Civilian Commendation award. He has served in the White House under two Presidents, and been a leading in civic initiatives as a founder of several non-profits including the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has been a leading voice and scholar on the role of civil society in democracy at home and abroad, publishing 8 books and commenting regularly to the press.
Global news is generally bad news. On the surface, the story is about war, poverty, ethnic and sectarian strife. Democracy movements advanced by the U.S. government seem to be stalled or even reversed. Yet just below the surface, more hopeful trends are brewing.