Walter Russell Mead says that it should come as no surprise that the U.S.'s work in Afghanistan has led to deals with "dark forces" and "unsavory" characters and the fact that many Americans are surprised by this revelation is a telling insight into the "American soul."
Jean Herskovits warns not to look at the recent spate of violence in Nigeria through the lens of radical Islam, but rather as a reaction to the rampant corruption and lack of governance in the country.
Lobbies representing foreign interests have an increasingly powerful -- and often harmful -- impact on how the United States formulates its foreign policy, and ultimately hurt U.S. credibility around the world.
Speaker: Robert S. Mueller III Presider: Terence P. Moran
A wide-ranging discussion with FBI Director Robert Mueller about the future of the organization he has tried to reshape since taking the helm in 2001. The event was moderated by Terence Moran of ABC's "Nightline."
To most U.S. citizens Medellin is code for all that is wrong with Latin America - the lawlessness, the drugs, the delusion that a network of thugs substitutes for a real economy. Congress feels about the same way- the approval of a bilateral free trade agreement between the U.S. and Colombia is in doubt. Amity Shlaes writes that a recent trip to this city found a powerful turnaround that argues not only for endorsing the FTA, but also taking a second look at the region.
This paper from the German Marshall Fund of the United States notes Georgia's better performance compared to Ukraine in two key areas of reform: improving the rule of law and battling corruption. The paper says that Ukraine’s failure to capitalize on the hopes raised by the ‘Orange Revolution’ has been highlighted by the recent Nato summit in Riga, where it became plain that plans to fast track Ukraine’s NATO membership application have been shelved indefinitely.
The United States has vocally opposed Sandinista candidate Daniel Ortega, the winner of Nicaragua’s presidential election. But Nicaraguans are more concerned about a political pact that threatens to derail their country’s democratic institutions.
Ray Fisman and Eduard Miguel look at which countries' diplomats at the United Nations rack up the most parking tickets and why. They find two strong determining factors: countries with high measures of official corruption and anti-Americanism are far more likely to amass such tickets.
Former Pentagon official Paul Wolfowitz is now reveling in the role of reformer at the World Bank, where he has made corruption a major theme of his first year as chief. But fighting corruption, like building democracy, may be the work of generations.
A decade after the World Bank mounted its first anticorruption campaign, the impact appears to have been minimal. Paul Wolfowitz, the bank's new president, is seeking to reinvigorate the effort. But doubts remain about the bank's ability to confront corruption among its borrowers.
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