By Gary Lubrat
Gary is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Gary below or take a look at the  Student Issue Analysts.

Students of the 21st century possess a great deal of technological power to influence future events of geopolitical relationships around the world. The explosion of Twitter, Facebook, and various blogging sites have allowed communication to reach a whole new level. Aggressive authoritarian institutions may seek to silence those using these media innovations, as evidenced by the blackout of Twitter during the controversial Iranian election in 2009.

Young people are at a pivotal crossroads that has the ability to shape the course of human events for years to come. As the world flattens and shrinks due to the use of new internet technologies, it has become even more necessary for those who are on the cutting edge of technology to use it for worldly concerns. Those who use these social networking sites may use it purely for the conventional usage of time-wasting, but it is a great tool to advance progressive idealism infused with youthful optimism that can unite rather than divide people and inform rather than obscure the truth.

There is no mystery as to why every four years the pundits on news programs continuously reference the “Youth Vote.” MTV attempts to excite this demographic through its “Rock The Vote!” campaign. To positively impact the future, those who are most involved in its direction must choose to understand how the geopolitical Islamic situation affects American influence on the world stage. Religion has been a divisive issue at times, and a unifying point of moral resolve during other times.

However, the question is not “How should religion impact political events?” The question should be “Why is Islam, above all other world religions, such an extenuating factor on the world stage?”

My name is Gary. I am the Director of Operations and Development for a non-profit high school student exchange company in the United States. I currently attend Hofstra University pursuing an MBA with a concentration on IT. As an undergraduate I studied at Stony Brook University where I received a degree in English and History. A greater understanding of the duality between the United States and Islam is necessary to move forward in the 21st century to achieve a peaceful and meaningful coexistence.