Measuring and Reporting Leadership and Core Competency Domains

This interim report summarizes the results of an independent assessment of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel systems and databases, focused on the identification and differentiation of what personnel data exist, where, and at what organizational level, as well as what is done with those data.

The Art and Culture of Morocco's Berber People

Colleen Brown
The Berber people who live throughout North Africa are linked by their art, culture, and language. Although there are significant populations of Berbers in Albania, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, and Niger, more than 80% of the Moroccan population identifies as Berber.

How Senegal’s Ataya Tea Ceremony Fosters Friendship

Colleen Brown
Tea plays an integral role in daily life around the world. The Senegalese tea ceremony, known as ataya or attaya, is no exception. The ceremony, which can take place at any time of the day and last up to three hours, provides people in Senegal with an opportunity to connect with friends and relatives.  

Museum Highlights Germany’s History of Clockmaking

Natalie Halpern
As one year ends and a new one begins, it’s common for people to reflect on the passage of time. In the Black Forest in Germany — well known for its cuckoo clocks — the concept of timekeeping has been a part of the culture and local economy for centuries.

The Cultural Connection to Street Art in Kyiv

Colleen Brown
Since 2014, local and international artists have painted more than 170 murals on aging Soviet-era buildings throughout Kyiv, Ukraine. The murals have established the city as a global center of public street art and encouraged people to explore parts of Kyiv they may not otherwise visit.

New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

Colleen Brown
If you plan to visit Brazil on December 31, make sure to pack a white outfit! Wearing white on New Year’s Eve symbolizes good luck and peace, and although this tradition has roots in Afro-Brazilian religions, the Catholic Church has also adopted it.