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PINR: Afghanistan's Role in Iranian Foreign Policy

In this report the Power and Interest News Report website traces the increasing role Iran has been playing in Afghanistan since 2001. It argues that Afghanistan and its ethnic and religious mosaic is a "paradigmatic case" of the importance that trans-state identities play in the geopolitical configuration of the Greater Middle East. It points out that Iran has been the traditional backer of Afghanistan's Shi'a, such as the Hazaras, the Qizilbashs and the Farsiwans, and that this involvement on the part of Iran is only likely to increase.

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Do No Harm: The Global Health Challenge

Speaker: Laurie Garrett
Presider: Gideon Rose

A discussion of Garrett’s newest Foreign Affairs article:

A flood of public and private money has started to flow to the developing world, funding a vast array of efforts to combat AIDS, TB, malaria, and other killer diseases. Unfortunately, writes Garrett, much of that “is leaking away without result,” doing little to improve basic public health on the ground.

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Hudson Institute: Index of Global Philanthropy

The Hudson Institute released its Index of Global Philanthropy.  The second edition of the Index also includes new data and trends in European private giving. While giving data are nowhere near as fully studied as those in the U.S., there is growing interest in measuring Europe's philanthropic flows more carefully. The 2007 Index also presents comparative private giving, remittances data, and government aid for the 22 donor countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

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Danilovich: New Aid Program ‘Aggressively Engaged’ in Reforms for the Developing World

John Danilovich interviewed by Robert McMahon

John Danilovich, chief executive of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, says the organization has become more aggressively engaged with developing nations in pressing economic reforms and is now disbursing aid more efficiently. Congress is on course to provide its highest funding levels yet for the program.

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Boston Review: Making AId Work

Author: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee argues that filling out aid forms and geographically coordinating where aid goes could improve the efficiency and efficacy of aid. Banerjee's primary example is the earthquake in Pakistan where some villages ended up with many trunks of aid from different donors whiles others were left waiting for their first consignment. Economists argue that coordination is urgent and not very difficult.

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Center for Strategic and International Studies: "Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt"

Text of the statement before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia by Jon B. Alterman (Director, Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies) arguing that US aid to Egypt remains a valuable part of US policy in the Middle East despite dissatisfaction on both sides.

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