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Fortaleza Declaration of the Sixth BRICS Summit

The sixth summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries met in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15, 2014. The theme of discussions was "Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions" and the declaration detailed progress in establishing the BRICS's New Development Bank, which was first discussed in the 2013 Durban Joint Statement.

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Women and Girls in the Afghanistan Transition

Following the release of her report on the status of women in Afghanistan, Catherine Powell moderates a discussion with Open Society Foundations' Rachel Reid and the U.S. Department of Defense's David Sedney on the role the United States can play in extending the progress of Afghan in women in education, the economy, health care, and beyond.

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Rebooting China

Author: A. Michael Spence
Project Syndicate

A. Michael Spence urges China's leaders to be steady-handed and sensible in their foreign policy and domestic reform agendas so as to maintain the kind of economic stability necessary for complex structural changes to work their way through the Chinese economy with minimal disruption.

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Fragile States, Fragile Lives

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Curbing child marriage has become increasingly important to the global development discussion, but it has yet to become central to the discussion about security and stability. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reviews child marriage trends in fragile countries affected by natural disasters and/or armed conflict, and offers policy recommendation on how the United States can ensure that girls and women are still able to reach their full potential even in times of social instability and insecurity.

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How Terrible Is It To Be Born A Girl?

Author: Isobel Coleman

Despite headlines about cruel acts of violence and discrimination against women, Isobel Coleman discusses the changing status of women and girls and argues that women and girls have made significant and undeniable gains over the past few decades.

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The Democratic Alternative: Democracy and Development in South Africa, India, and Brazil

Speakers: Ann Bernstein and John Campbell
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman hosts Ann Bernstein, executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise in South Africa, and John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion on how democracy can achieve inclusive growth in developing countries.

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Foreign Affairs Conference Call with Rodger Voorhies and Chris Blattman

Speakers: Rodger Voorhies and Christopher Blattman
Presider: Gideon Rose

Rodger Voorhies, Director of the Financial Services for the Poor Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Christopher Blattman, Assistant Professor of political science and international affairs at Columbia University discuss how mobile finance and direct cash grants are revolutionizing global efforts to provide aid and alleviate poverty in the developing world.

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Disrupting Poverty: The Search for Innovative Solutions

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon moderates a conversation with Nike Foundation's Shaifali Puri and ICRW's Suzanne Petroni about how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors can partner to promote equal educational and economic opportunities for girls and women and in doing so, unleash the untapped potential of human capital.

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