The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week's donors' conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian political and economic stability, says CFR expert Kara McDonald.
Haiti's earthquake created a need for a tremendous short-term relief effort but also long-term reconstruction that could take decades and cost billions, says former Peace Corps director Mark L. Schneider.
CFR's Max Boot foresees a great deal of future American involvement in Haiti, but only with a strategic justification.
President Obama declared that the United States will not forsake Haiti in its moment of agony. Honoring this commitment would be a first for Washington.
When the immediate crisis passes, how can we ensure that Haiti becomes a functioning nation? Eight experts give their prescriptions in this NYT op-ed.
Haiti's earthquake lays bare woeful political and economic dysfunctions, but in the global disaster response, there is a chance to get aid right, writes CFR's Kara C. McDonald.
Haiti's horrific earthquake is a setback for the country's slowly improving development, says Edward Luck, vice president and director of studies at the International Peace Institute. While international efforts are important, especially in providing relief, over the long-term, Haiti's development must be driven by Haitians, he says.
Tracy Kidder's op-ed in the New York Times discusses Haiti's man-made vulnerability to natural disasters.
The private sector is recognized as the engine of economic growth, and growth is recognized as a key condition for poverty alleviation. But effectively promoting private investment in the developing world has proven to be a major challenge for those in the field. R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell discuss the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Matthew Slaughter writes that as the crisis and recession recede, U.S. policymakers must refocus on persistent structural problems, particularly income inequality.
Stewart M. Patrick reviews Too Poor for Peace? by Lael Brainard and Derek Chollet.
To understand Islamists' appeal, consider basic needs, says Parag Khanna.
Michael Gerson writes that "the stimulus package is a terrible piece of necessary legislation."
The Boston Globe's Paul Farmer and Brian Concannon point out that the inaguaration of a U.S. president committed to reversing "the failed policies of the past" provides an opportunity to build a stronger, more prosperous Haiti.
The global financial crisis threatens to hamper poverty alleviation efforts in India and China, responsible for lifting the largest numbers of the world's poor out of extreme poverty. Political or social instability are concerns.
Politicians have it in their power to solve the food crisis, but they must be willing to end the biases against big commercial farms and genetically modified crops and do away with farm subsidies.
Experts discuss the challenges global poverty presents and recommend approaches that can help to overcome poverty, inequality, and the concomitant barriers to opportunity for the world's poor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, cosponsored with the National Democratic Institute, the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the City and County of Denver's 2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable.
This roundtable was underwritten, in part, by Chevron Corporation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Michael Gerson argues that despite rising food prices, the U.S. government has the ability to practically end hunger within its borders. And while there may be many explanations for why it has not already done so—there are no excuses.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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