Development

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Are Cash Transfers the Best Way to Alleviate Global Poverty?

Speakers: Chris Blattman and Paul Niehaus
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Noted development experts Paul Niehaus, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and president of GiveDirectly, a nonprofit organization that makes unconditional cash grants directly to the poor, and Chris Blattman, assistant professor at Columbia University, discuss whether cash transfers are the best tool we have to combat global poverty.

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Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index 2013

"The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0–100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. This year's index includes 177 countries and territories."

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Ending the Practice of Child Marriage

Speaker: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Rachel Vogelstein, CFR's fellow for women and foreign policy, and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, discuss ending the practice of child marriage at the American Academy of Religion 2013 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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Project Syndicate: Japan's Tax-Hike Test

Author: Koichi Hamada

"If Japan's government can overcome a demand setback after the tax increase takes effect – leaving the economy functioning smoothly and initiating a recovery in government revenue – Abe will be able to declare Abenomics an unequivocal success."

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Qatar Sets Its Own Terms for U.S. Universities

Author: Ursula Lindsey

"'How do you transform into a nation without also transforming the traditional, monarchical, patriarchal system?' [historian Allen Fromherz] asks. As the small but natural-gas-rich country emerges onto the world's stage, this and other questions are unavoidable: Are the American universities actors in the country's future or merely props? Can they teach students to think critically about the contradictions and changes in Qatar while under the patronage of its ruling family?"

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Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Author: John Campbell

This module features Teaching Notes by author and CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell with discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of the updated CFR book Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink in the classroom. In this book, Ambassador Campbell examines Nigeria's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development.

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China File: Deciphering Xi Jinping's Dream

Author: Ouyang Bin

"Xi has indicated very clearly from the time that he became General Secretary of the Party that he was obsessed, as maybe other Chinese leaders are also, with the Gorbachev syndrome. Xi Jinping realizes, like Li Keqiang, that there is a need for deep economic reforms—really very important and very difficult economic reforms. But what I think they worry about is that they don't know which reforms could be the ones which unleash a Gorbachev-type situation, where one thing follows another and before you know it the whole country and the whole party system has collapsed."

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Reuters: Complete the Job

Author: Hugo Dixon

"Greece's reform job is not even half finished. The government hasn't done enough to root out the vested interests that strangle the economy. Nor has it cracked down fully on tax evasion or pushed hard enough to privatise state-owned properties."

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Irish Times: Somalia Starts to Pick Up the Pieces

Author: Mary Fitzgerald

"For the first time in a very long time, people here have hope," says Liban Mahdi, one of scores of diaspora Somalis who have returned to Mogadishu since al-Shabaab were routed from the city by African Union and Somali forces in August 2011. Parts of the battle-scarred capital are experiencing a construction boom, with hospitals, homes, schools, shops and hotels rising from once rubbled neighbourhoods. Streets hum with cars and hawkers. "We have traffic jams in Mogadishu now," says Ismail, who works in construction. "I never imagined I would see that here."

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