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Africa / Americas

Can We Upend the Status Quo? Plans for the US-Africa Summit

Photo Source: The Brookings Institution.

“I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet…and the Salmon sing in the street” Writing in 1937, British poet W. H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening,” craftily celebrated the immortal strength and near boundless potential of love: a potential only the impossible, the unthinkable, …

Crowley Logistics in Miami, FL on Friday, August 26, 2011 is one of three U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shipping and logistics facilities in the nation.
Blog / International Development

The Palestinian Aid Question

Crowley Logistics in Miami, FL is one of three U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shipping and logistics facilities in the nation. USDA Photo Source: Lance Cheung via Wikimedia Commons 

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict could very well be the most polarizing and politicized issue in the Middle East. It would seem everyone has an opinion on …

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons
Africa / Blog

Legitimate Justice or Institutional Bias: The International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons

The last couple of years have seen the first successful convictions by the International Criminal Court (ICC). But with that success has come quite a lot of criticism. Over the twelve years in which the court has operated …

The North American Free Trade Agreement. Courtesy of TheMexicanGentlemen, via Wikimedia Commons
Americas / Blog

Beyond NAFTA: evaluating FTAs in Mexico and Colombia

The North American Free Trade Agreement. Photo source: TheMexicanGentlemen via Wikimedia Commons.

The distinguished Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington described Mexico as a ‘torn country’. Torn because of its cultural and linguistic attachment to Latin America on the one hand, and on the other, its geographic and economic alignment to the United States. NAFTA, the trilateral North …

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Blog / International Development

Domestic Inequality and the Future of Migration

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Photo source: Julien Harneis via Wikimedia Commons.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for Future Foreign Policy advocating open borders. One of the reasons that I put forward to support my position was that international disparities in economic and …

Street vendor
Americas / Blog

Can a re-focus on financial inclusion save microfinance? Case study: Latin America

Informal enterprises have proliferated in countries like Peru as a result of microfinance. Photo source: Frank_am_Main via Flickr.

The brainchild of Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, microfinance was first piloted as an innovative development strategy in South Asia in the 1970s. A desire to tackle poverty from the ground up informed its founding principles: that a …

Cambodia
Blog / International Development

Cambodia – Is it really on track with development?

Another case of bribery. Photo Source.

I was fortunate enough to spend the summer of 2013 based in Phnom Penh, the Capital of Cambodia where I carried out some research for my undergraduate dissertation. This article will draw on themes that arose from my research, namely, the factors that are contributing to Cambodia’s development challenges.

Cambodia …

Indonesian President Yudhoyono, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf at the opening of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Source: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/Patrick Tsui
Blog / International Development

Leaving no one behind in 2030: the Future of International Development

Indonesian President Yudhoyono, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf at the opening of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Photo source: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/Patrick Tsui via Flickr.

The international development community is currently mired in intense negotiations, striving to find the right mix of objectives to …