After The Crisis: How Brazil Can Create Growth

It is a strange time to be talking about growth in the Brazilian economy; Brazil is in the middle of its largest recession in decades. Falling commodity prices have taken their toll, and Brazil continues to rely on exports of agricultural and mining outputs. However, the most important facets of the Brazilian economy are changing, and …

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How U.S. Higher Education Partnerships Can Promote Development In Pakistan

If the United States and its allies help address the core structural development problems within Pakistan many of our security concerns will also be resolved. As I have written before, the United States needs to broaden the way we look at Pakistan.  For decades, security issues have dominated Washington’s Pakistan agenda while “soft” issues have been an afterthought.  …

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Indonesia: The Need For More Investment And Stronger Partnerships

I recently returned from five days in Indonesia after the terrorist attacks in Jakarta, and what struck me was how untroubled the locals were. Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, and the overwhelming majority of Indonesians express strong disapproval of ISIS; less than 5% “agree” with the ISIS campaign. Starbucks Corporation was confident enough …

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African Risk Capacity: Insurance For African Development

In even the wealthiest African countries, private insurance is uncommon. However, insurance could mitigate the agricultural challenges Africa faces every year. Drought and flooding are particularly common natural disasters, and from 1994 to 2013 Africa suffered more droughts than any other continent–a total of 131–75% of which occurred in East Africa. Since 2000, each year …

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Ghana’s Prosperity Hinges On Next Year’s Election

Since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992, Ghana has been a success story, and it has been a natural assumption of those who follow African development that Ghana will continue to prosper. However, Ghanaian prosperity hinges on maintaining a successful democracy, and in the coming year Ghana will face a difficult series of political …

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The 2016 Doing Business Indicators Demonstrate Global Progress

The World Bank’s Doing Business project is one of the most important innovations in international development in the last two decades. Launched in 2002, the project examines indicators across 189 countries to determine what obstacles stand between entrepreneurs and starting a new business and reveals where governments are falling short of encouraging new businesses to …

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There’s Never Going To Be Enough Aid To Develop A Country

The last few months have been rocky for developing countries’ economies. Plummeting commodity prices, the looming threat of rising interest rates, and insecurity in Chinese markets have created the fear that money will leave developing markets in favor of more secure investments in the US and other developed economies. However, the long-term trends are more encouraging. Over the …

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A Foreign Policy Vision For The Next American President

What Will American Foreign Policy look like in 2016 and beyond?  The United States is confronting a number of complex foreign policy challenges.  If a Republican Administration is elected, the answer is likely outlined in the new book, Choosing to Lead: American Foreign Policy in a Disordered World. The book was written by a volunteer network of foreign …

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Solving And Leading On Global Pandemics: Part Of The Commander In Chief Test

Global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis of 2014 are a question of “when” not “if,” and the United States and the world are not fully prepared. Failing to contain pandemics like Ebola will have massive implications for U.S. foreign policy, U.S. homeland security, global economic growth, and U.S legitimacy as a global leader. These …

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