Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, discusses how economic factors, including formal and informal markets, property rights, entrepreneurship, and access to credit, contributed to the Arab uprisings.
This meeting is cosponsored with CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.
Over the past three decades, Washington has consistently favored the rich -- and the more wealth accumulates in a few hands at the top, the more influence and favor the rich acquire, making it easier for them and their political allies to cast off restraint without paying a social price.
This official list of Millennium Development Goals Indicators is maintained by the UN. It includes indicators on poverty, hunger, gender equality, disease, education, maternal health, child mortality, environmental stability, and development.
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.
Jagdish Bhagwati examines the current feud in Bangladesh between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Mohammed Yunus, the founder of the microloan-making Grameen Bank, and hopes the affair will pave the way to liberal reforms that will transform the Bangladeshi economy.
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.
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 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.
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.