Development

Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 57

Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Authors: Max Boot and Michael Miklaucic

The United States needs a civilian capacity to foster better-functioning institutions in chaotic countries, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should lead that effort. To embrace a state-building mission, however, USAID will have to be transformed. Max Boot and Michael Miklaucic argue that the agency will need to do less but do it better, and limit its efforts to strategically important states while enhancing its focus on building core state functions. 

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Article

Some Parts of the Brazilian Government Actually Aren’t Corrupt. Here’s What They Have in Common.

Authors: Katherine Bersch, Sérgio Praça, and Matthew M. Taylor
Washington Post

The massive “Lava Jato” (car wash) corruption scandal cut a wide swath across the Brazilian political landscape, contributing to public outcry against President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil’s Senate voted to suspend Rousseff in May, pending her impeachment trial on alleged budgetary improprieties.

See more in Brazil; Corruption and Bribery; Politics and Strategy

Event

A Conversation with Alice Albright and Caren Grown

Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein
Speaker: Caren Grown
Speaker: Alice P. Albright

Alice Albright, chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education, and Caren Grown, senior director on gender at the World Bank group, joined the Women and Foreign Policy program’s director and senior fellow, Rachel Vogelstein, to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Other Report

Anticipating and Avoiding Global Food Price Crises

Volatile food prices have become a frequent feature of the global economy. The Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations convened a score of experts to examine the consequences of past, and future, spikes in global food prices.

See more in Global; Food Security

Event

A Conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein
Speaker: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of UN Women joined the Women and Foreign Policy program’s director, Rachel Vogelstein, to discuss implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 

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