A Hopeful Message July 6, 2017

A Hopeful Message
By: Nelly Dimov

As countries gather in Astana for the 2017 World Expo, they do so in an increasingly complicated international system. Globalization has both connected people and forced them to turn inward, as evidenced by an upsurge in nationalism throughout the world. Terrorism continues to shake citizens and governments. Economic crises, political tensions, and territorial disputes inform government agendas. In this context, over 110 countries and organizations have devoted resources to participate in the Expo. This sends a hopeful message: whatever difficulties we may have as a global community, we still value dialogue on the issues that affect our world.

An old bit of wisdom says, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.” As one of forty student ambassadors with the USA pavilion, I am honored to be among a group of young people who have left their familiar harbors to participate in the complicated dialogue about future energy. We recognize the volatility of the world we inhabit and the divisiveness of energy issues. However, we also realize that this conversation is vital to the future world order.  Here’s to three months of cultural exchange and meaningful dialogue. Happy Expo!

This post reflects the opinion of the author and not the USA Pavilion and its sponsors