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.
Speakers: R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell Presider: Roger Leeds
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.
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.
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.
Speakers: Ben Affleck, Madeleine K. Albright, Nancy Birdsall, John J. Danilovich, Thomas A. Daschle, Hernando de Soto, Donald M. Payne, Timothy E. Wirth, James D. Wolfensohn, and Obiageli Ezekwesili Presider: Gayle Smith
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.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
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