April 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Deterring Criminals and Brutes

BEIRUT -- How does society use legal means at its disposal to stop dictators from using their power to kill and terrorize civilians? Several simultaneous efforts around the world -- related to Sierra Leone, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan and Iran -- point to various available options, without a single proven one. This debate has been revived by the conviction this week of former Liberian President…

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Added by Rami G. Khouri on April 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Blog Update April 30th

In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.

Marcus Noland: Deputy Director & Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics

Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate…

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Added by Alex Melton on April 30, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

SPEECH COMPETITION: The Rights and Responsibilities of Global Interdependence

Our colleague Hakan Altinay of Brookings Institution sends word of this speech competition based on Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Please share it with your peers:

There is a growing consensus concerning our global interdependence. What is less clear is what sort of a global civics is necessary and feasible for us to navigate our growing…

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Added by Carnegie Council on April 30, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Fruits of Our Labor: Organic mango cultivation by the tribal communities of South Gujarat (India)

"Fruits of Our Labor," published in Policy Innovations, describes the symbiotic arrangement between the tribal communities of South Gujarat (India) and the fast moving consumer product company ITC for organic mango cultivation. ITC picked up the cost of…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on April 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Global New Progressive Movement

I've been reading the new "Voices from the Global Spring" collection edited by Anya Schiffrin and Eamon Kircher-Allen. It is a country-by-country account of recent activism, stretching from Cairo to lower Manhattan. In the foreword, Jeffrey Sachs outlines what he calls a "global new progressive…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on April 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Cuba and Drugs Dominate the Sixth Summit of the Americas

The sixth Summit of the Americas took place in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14–15 and raised some interesting questions about the future of U.S. policies in the region.

Global drug policy appeared to dominate center stage as the American "war on drugs" was criticized for its lack of evident success. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina encouraged the introduction of global drug…

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Added by Sarah Aston on April 24, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Selection versus Election: A Wasted Opportunity at the World Bank?

The announcement on April 16 that U.S.-backed Jim Yong Kim had been named president of the World Bank came as no surprise to the world as it repeated the decades-old pattern of an American holding the office. The selection process raises important questions that the World Bank needs to address.

Democracy in the twenty-first century dictates that institutions should be…

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Added by Carnegie Council on April 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Why a Focus on Inequality in Fragile States Is Wrong

With the appointment of the United Kingdom’s prime minister, David Cameron, as chair of a new UN committee tasked with establishing a new set of UN millennium development goals (the existing ones expire in 2015), debate on the issue is expected to heat up in the months ahead.

Many in the development field…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on April 16, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What is America's number one geopolitical foe?

Last month, Mitt Romney called Russia America's number one geopolitical foe, sparking people to ask if such a thing really existed. It sounded like Romney was trying to bring back the Cold War or his understanding of foreign policy hasn’t evolved since then.

The number one geopolitical challenge to the United States right now is the sour, partisan, retrograde politics in Washington itself. The United States remains by far the most influential country in the world, but this position is…

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Added by Devin Stewart on April 6, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Bottom of the Pyramid: The Need to Integrate the Poor in the Growth Story: Part 1

The "fortune at the bottom of the pyramid," a phrase coined by Prahalad and Hart in 2002, led to a lot of excitement since companies were enthralled with the idea of finding new profit seeking opportunities and markets especially among the low income segment section in the developing nations. The proposition also syncs well with the first of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which call for an eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in the world—i.e., to cut down by half the…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on April 6, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

Is it Time to Bail Out Battlefield Journalists?

Homs, a city of 823,000 in the western Syria is one of the flash points for the year-old uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime and it is also the most dangerous place in the world for journalists. Between February 22 and 24, four journalists were killed in the city due to shelling from Syrian government forces. Venerated American Sunday Times of London journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik have taken up most of the…

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Added by Alex Woodson on April 5, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Blog Update April 4th

In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.

Marcus Noland: Deputy Director & Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics

Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate…

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Added by Alex Melton on April 4, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

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Slowing the Proliferation of Major Conventional Weapons with Jonathan D. Caverley

The news is full of discussions on how to prevent further nuclear proliferation. But you can't understand a conflict like Syria without talking about major conventional weapons, such as artillery, missile defense, and aircraft, says military strategist Jonathan Caverley. Since the U.S. is by far the world's largest producer of such weapons, Caverley proposes that it creates a cartel, similar to OPEC, to slow down sales.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Russian Media from Soviet Times to Putin, with Jonathan Sanders

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Stony Brook professor Jonathan Sanders discusses the media and propaganda in Russia, from Soviet times to Putin. In this excerpt, Sanders, former CBS News Moscow correspondent, describes to journalist Randall Pinkston the surprising state of Russian media in 2017.

Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West, with William Drozdiak

In some ways Europe is more fragmented than at any time in the last three decades, says Drozdiak. There's a north/south split between wealthy creditor nations and deeply indebted ones; an east/west divide, as Poland and Hungary revert to nationalism; pressures of regional separatism; Brexit; and the migrant crisis. Then there's Trump, who sees Europe as a burden and economic rival. 2018 could be a pivotal year. What will happen?

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