Indra Ekmanis is a former editor on The World's digital team.
Indra has a doctorate in international studies from the University of Washington, with an area focus in the Baltic Sea Region and post-Soviet space. Her work has concentrated on the everyday experiences of minority integration, immigrant identity and civil society, particularly through the lens of culture.
Indra was a 2016-2017 Fulbright researcher in Latvia, and has been a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also a Baltic Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Not everything revolves around politics for young Russians — life is more than being pro- or anti-Putin for the vast majority — but for some, politics dominates their lives and what they hope is their future.
A growing number of Russians are volunteering time to help solve issues facing the country — issues that the Russian state is not taking on itself.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
It's been a year since the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal ad some experts warn that the threat of a worldwide meltdown is the worst its been since the darkest, most dangerous days of the Cold War.
Arts, Culture & Media
Leaving the end of the third season with a twist, Netflix recently announced they would not be renewing "One Day at a Time" for a fourth season, prompting swift backlash from fans and a social media push to #SaveODAAT.
Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced landmark immigration legislation that would extend paths to legal status for an estimated 2.6 million non-citizens in the US. The bill is historic, say immigration advocates, even though it’s not likely to pass.
The State of the Union is the president’s opportunity to lay out his own agenda for the year. Here’s what Trump said last year and what actually happened.
Despite signing an executive order for the wall on Jan. 25, 2017, there’s been no construction or funding on the project. What has happened in the last two years?
US President Donald Trump has suggested he could declare a national emergency to get a border wall. This hasn't happened yet, but the US is still technically in crisis. There are 31 national emergencies currently active, ranging from last year to 1979.
Picture books can play a big role in shaping the way children see the world. Here are some children's book picks that speak to diversity and inclusion, as suggested by the Global Nation community.