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Palestine: Still Key To Stability In The Middle East
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Jan 28

The United States has long treated Palestine as irrelevant to its "war against terrorism", a premise that remains in place as the superpower leads a campaign to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Last month, however, comments made by key figures on opposing sides of that campaign once again reaffirmed that Palestine remains central to any serious effort to counter extremism in the region. When Rob Malley, the Obama administration's chief...

Dr. Gorka Testifies Before HASC On Emerging Threats
Institute of World Politics • Wednesday, Feb 10

On 8 February 2016, Dr. Sebastian Gorka briefed the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities regarding the future of America's warfare style against emerging threats.  Dr. Gorka is a professor at The Institute of World Politics and teaches the course Enemy Threat Doctrine of Global Jihadism (IWP 659).During his testimony, Dr. Gorka raised three concerns surrounding emerging threats.  First, the U.S. military is equipped to...

The C Word: How should the aid business think and act about Corruption?
World Bank • Wednesday, Jul 8

Corruption is perceived by many to be an impediment to development. But, it can be difficult to tackle since it is often a systemic problem. Duncan Green recently attended a seminar on corruption and development and provides some impressions.Went to aseminar on corruption and developmenton Monday – notable in itself as corruption is something of a taboo topic in aid circles. Aid supporters often cite framing –George Lakoff’s ‘Don’t Think of an Elephant’ or Richard Nixon’s ‘I am...

Eurasia Facing Tough Choices for the Future
RAND Corporation • Thursday, Aug 13

Eurasia, poised between Europe and Asia, is at a crossroads. Russia's new “turn to the East,” the launch of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, and China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative to fund energy and transport infrastructure are reshaping regional dynamics. But unless Eurasian economies become more competitive, they will continue to lag those in the developed world. In 1881 Fyodor Dostoevsky said of Russians, “In Europe we were Tatars,...

Quote Of The Week: Tony Blair
World Bank • Monday, Feb 29

“One of the strangest things about politics at the moment – and I really mean it when I say I’m not sure I fully understand politics right now, which is an odd thing to say, having spent my life in it – is when you put the question of electability as a factor in your decision to nominate a leader, it’s how small the numbers are that this is the decisive factor. That sounds curious to me. Surely it should be a major factor because if this is not about you, but it’s about the people...

Public Perception Between South Korea And Japan Improves
Korea Economic Institute • Friday, Jul 22

By Juni KimNotoriously chilly relations between South Korea and Japan received encouraging news this week. In a new joint survey conducted by the South Korea-based East Asia Institute and the Japan-based Genron NPO, fewer South Koreans and Japanese hold negative impressions of each other than in previous years. South Korean unfavorable impressions of Japan decreased by 11.5 percentage from 72.5 percent in 2015 to 61 percent this year, while Japanese unfavorable impressions dropped...

Why Bobby Jindal Is 'Not Evolving' on Marriage
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Jul 1

GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he will not change his stance on marriage. The Louisiana Governor made that clear when he sat down for an interview with The Daily Signal earlier this year in Baton Rouge. “My faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman. I’m not changing,” Jindal says. “I know it’s politically fashionable to evolve. I’m not evolving and it doesn’t matter to me what the polls say…that is one of those...

Revealed: The $5 Billion Obamacare Problem
Center for the National Interest • Monday, Mar 7

One of the more than twenty failed or struggling “consumer-oriented” insurers created by Obamacare is suing the U.S. government for as much as $5 billion in payments it claims are owed to itself and other insurers.Health Republic Insurance of Oregon filed a class action complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., seeking $2.5 billion.Dawn Bonder, CEO of Health Republic, told the Portland Business Journal the company hopes to win as much as $5 billion for...

Tangier, Morocco: Success On The Strait Of Gibraltar
World Bank • Wednesday, Nov 25

In late 2014, the World Bank’s Competitive Cities team visited the Moroccan city of Tangier, to carry out a case study of how a city in the Middle East & North Africa Region managed to achieve stellar economic growth and create jobs for its rising population, especially given that it is not endowed with oil or natural gas reserves like many others in the region.   In just over a decade, this ancient port city went from dormant to dominant. Between 2005 and 2012, for example,...

Kyrgyzstan’s Long Fight For Generic Drugs Is Finally Paying Off
Open Society Foundations • Wednesday, Feb 17

It wasn’t until several years after the birth of my daughter that we learned my wife had contracted the hepatitis C virus (HCV) during an operation shortly after her pregnancy.We also soon learned that, in Kyrgyzstan, the best options for treating hepatitis C were only for the rich—an effective medicine called Pegasys (pegylated interferon) would cost as much as $25,000 for the treatment cycle. We then found out, however, that a representative from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Health...

Quote Of The Week: John Hurt
World Bank • Monday, Aug 8

“You’ve got to be careful with style, how you describe it. So much comes from things you observe, that lodge in your mind – what you see in somebody else and want to reproduce in yourself. Style is longing… longing to be something or someone else.” - Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE, an English actor whose career has spanned six decades. He initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). Since then he has played leading...

A Counterintelligence Challenge: The Enigmas And Benefits Of Defectors
Institute of World Politics • Friday, Feb 12

In this interview Prof. Alan Messer discusses his course entitled “A Counterintelligence Challenge: The Enigmas and Benefits of Defectors” (IWP 676).What do you cover in your course (briefly)?The course covers the history of largely Soviet defectors from Boris Bazhanov in the 1920s to Oleg Gordievsky in the 1980s, with detours to Whittaker Chambers in the 1930s and the Iraqi defector codenamed "Curveball" in the early 2000s.   Each case is explored from the...

I am a migrant
World Bank • Wednesday, Oct 7

​In 1964, I came to the United States from South Korea, then an extremely poor developing country that most experts, including those at the World Bank, had written off as having little hope for economic growth. My family moved to Texas, and later to Iowa. I was just 5 years old when we arrived, and my brother, sister, and I spoke no English. Most of our neighbors and classmates had never seen an Asian before. I felt like a resident alien in every sense of the term. Over time, my...

Normalizing U.S. Relations with Cuba Leads to Escalation in Repression of Cuban Dissidents
Cato Institute • Wednesday, Oct 7

On Dec. 10, 2014, the Cuban government marked the 64th anniversary of international Human Rights Day with sweeping nationwide arrests of pro-democracy dissidents. One week later, on Dec. 17, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba had agreed to begin the process of normalizing relations. The agreement, reached after 18 months of negotiations, included plans to reopen the U.S. and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C., and a promise by President Obama to...

Planned Parenthood Turns Tragedy Into Censorship
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Dec 1

In the wake of a violent tragedy, Planned Parenthood has redoubled its efforts to silence its critics. The Colorado Springs shooter, who waged the terrible attack, appears to have no connection to society at large, much less to the pro-life movement. But Planned Parenthood is using him as a tool in its new censorship campaign, which can be summed up in two, increasingly familiar words: “Shut Up.” Planned Parenthood wants Americans to remain silent about what it does to hundreds of...

Revealed: The Great Chinese Economic Transition Is Here
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Sep 9

Growth is certainly slower and its structure is changing, but is the outlook for China's economy quite as awful as global share markets seem to think?Now the world's biggest economy (using the IMF's purchasing power parity measure), China matters vastly more for world markets than it did a decade ago, when it was less than half the size. It matters particularly to Australia, which in a decade has seen exports to China increase from one tenth of Australian goods exports to nearly...

Dante Disparte on Puerto Rico Default
American Security Project • Tuesday, Aug 4

On Tuesday, August 4th Business Council for American Security Chairperson Dante Disparte spoke to the BBC World Business Report about the latest development in the Puerto Rican debt crisis. Puerto Rico missed a $58 million bond payment on Monday, sending the island territory into default for the first time. In his interview, Disparte mentioned several of the issues contributing to Puerto Rico’s debt troubles. “Things are very difficult on the island,” said Disparte, who was born...

Planned Parenthood Official Suggests ‘We Alter Our Process’ to Harvest Tissue
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Aug 4

A fifth undercover video released this morning shows Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing the harvesting of organs from aborted fetuses, adding to growing allegations that the organization illegally profits off the sale of this tissue. The video, which is graphic, also raises questions as to whether Planned Parenthood doctors alter their abortion methods to harvest tissue from aborted fetuses. The group behind the investigation, The Center for Medical Progress, says...

What’s The Latest Economic Research On Africa? CSAE Round-up – Day 1
World Bank • Tuesday, Mar 22

This post is a joint production with contributions from Pamela Jakiela, Michael O’Sullivan, João Montalvão, and Owen Ozier. This week Oxford University’sCenter for the Study of African Economiesholds its BIG annual conference. Twoplenary panels, one keynote speech, one presentation of the World Bank’s new report onPoverty in Africa, and almost 300 papers being presented. Wow!So, what’s going on in economic research in Africa? Today’s post provides micro-summaries of the papers...

What Does The World Think Of Capitalism?
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Nov 4

The Legatum Institute in the U.K. has an important new international poll out about public attitudes towards capitalism and the business world. They hired YouGov to survey opinions from people in the UK, U.S., and Germany, but also from people in the up-and-coming economies of Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. The short summary is that there’s bad news and there’s good news. First, the top-line bad news: large majorities in both the developed and rapidly developing countries...

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