The cholera epidemic that has added to the list of Haiti's post-earthquake miseries is a reminder that what Haiti needs more than anything else is good governance that would lead to better infrastructure and safe water.
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 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 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.
This report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies analyzes the causes and impacts of hunger and malnutrition from emergency and long-term perspectives.
Socioeconomic parity within a country is not a detriment to the country's competitiveness, claims Richard Florida.
For over a half-century the Egyptian government has sold cut-rate wheat flour to bakeries for the production of bread. Many Egyptians rely on this subsidy, but in the face of a looming global food crisis, the program may cost billions of dollars for the new Cairo leadership.
Robert Walker discusses how the future leader of Egypt will face the daunting task of feeding a country heavily reliant on food subsidies.
Olivier De Schutter discusses what the G20 should do to prepare the world for food crises.
This Atlantic Magazine article by Chrystia Freeland argues that today's super-rich are different from the past's. They are more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity--and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind.
In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi laments that a new Florida foreclosure court has emerged merely as "a super-high-speed housing court with a specific mandate to rubber-stamp legally dicey foreclosures."
This New York Times article by Robert H. Frank, an economics professor at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, chronicles the growth of inequality since the mid-1970's and examines the social costs corresponding to this increse in income disparity.
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.
Tracy Kidder's op-ed in the New York Times discusses Haiti's man-made vulnerability to natural disasters.
Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal says if global warming really is the catastrophe the alarmists claim, the least they can do for its victims is not to patronize them while impoverishing them in the bargain.
Frederick Kaufman explores the problem of world hunger.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More