Asked by Jack Glore, from William Paterson University
Civil institutions are critical pillars of democratic accountability—without them, democracy remains elusive, regardless of the laws written in constitutions. This is particularly true in countries dependent on oil and other natural resource wealth, and those struggling to realize democratic transitions.
Listen to Stewart Patrick, CFR Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, speak about his new book The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War.
In a short time, the Gates Foundation has established a reputation as an innovative, effective donor to global health causes. A $30 billion gift from Warren Buffett is expected to dramatically expand the foundation's influence.
This Brookings Institution report looks at Cambodia's health sector: Starting in 1999, the government outsourced management of government health services to NGOs in five districts that had been ramdomly made eligible for contracting. The evidence suggests that health improved in the outsourced districts.
In this Center for Universal Education Working Paper, Gene B. Sperling argues that there are importantdesign elements of the existing global education architecture—the Education for All Fast Track Initiative—that reflect a promising model for a coordinated, global effort on education that should be built upon. Yet he also finds that a new Global Education Fund must employ serious reforms and have a major rebranding and relaunching moment by heads of state that mobilizes a greater global commitment to more resources and sound program implementation to make significant steps toward achieving quality universal education for the world’s poorest children.
Speaker: William Hague Presider: Christine Todd Whitman
UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, discusses climate change as a critical foreign policy concern--one that underpins future international prosperity and security.
Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing segment of global Christianity, representing at least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians. As the evangelical movement spreads, it is bumping up against established religions like Islam in Africa and Roman Catholicism in Latin America. In this meeting, part of the Council’s Nexus of Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, Luis Lugo and Walter Mead discuss the rapid growth of this movement and what it portends for U.S. foreign policy as well as international relations throughout the world.
Watch as Stewart Patrick, CFR Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, speaks about his new book The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.