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Regional Expertise

Mapping Global Migration

Today, we explore the Pew Research Center's interactive migration and remittance maps, which offer the chance to explore the movement trends of both people and their money around the world.

DoD Instruction 5160.70: Management of the Defense Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Program

DoDI 5160.70 establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for managing the Defense LREC Program, adds regional expertise and culture as mission critical competencies of the Defense LREC Program, and establishes initial culture learning guidelines.

What’s in a name?

What's so important about a country's name? It has everything to do with national identity and heritage. Read about some countries that have changed their names, and how those names were or weren't accepted.

Baby's First Haircut

Hair plays an important role in many cultures. The first haircut can have significance as a tradition or rite of passage in certain regions, cultures and religions.  In many Asian cultures for instance, it is believed that shaving a baby's first head of hair helps to promote new hair growth.  Here we have collected a few interesting traditions around the world with respect to a baby's first haircut. Perhaps you know of other traditions.  Let us know!

Islam

Internationalize Your New Year’s Resolutions

Here, we look at some common resolutions, and some things you can do internationalize them.

How to Stay Healthy and Safe Abroad

Whether or not you have been traveling abroad for the holidays this month, or are planning a trip for next year, it's important to stay up-to-date with information on how to stay safe, from knowing the emergency call number of the country you're visiting to registering your trip with the Department of State. The following article highlights seven tips for staying safe abroad.

The History of Boxing Day

What is Boxing Day, and where did it originate? The following piece from The Guardian, originally published last year, dives into the history of the day.

For Hanukkah, the comforts of fried foods around the world

Today, we highlight some of the friend food treats shared by Jewish families around the world during Hanukkah.

Countries in Perspective

DLIFLC's Countries In Perspective begin with a Country Profile containing basic facts, followed by more detailed discussion of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Cultural Orientation

DLIFLC's Cultural Orientation introduces a given cultural group, combining brief language exchanges with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts.