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CGD: Quality of Official Development Assitance Assessment

Authors: Nancy Birdsall and Homi Kharas

The United States may be the largest donor of foreign assistance in the world, but it ranks among the lowest in terms of quality and effectiveness of its aid, according to a report by the Center for Global Development (CGD), in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, that assesses more than 150 countries' foreign aid money.

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Open Government Directive

The Obama administration implemented an initiative to "take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration," which include publishing more government data online, improving the quality of government document, encouraging a culture of openness and enabling a framework for open policy.

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In Defense of Secrecy

Author: Noah Feldman
New York Times Magazine

Noah Feldman discusses the need for a balance between secrecy and transparency in the U.S. government. He explains, "The effective operation of even the most democratic government requires secrecy and surprise as well as transparency and predictability."

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The Heir Up There

Author: Max Boot
New York Times

Eevry chief-of-staff of the Air Force for the past quarter century was first a fighter jet pilot. Last week, however, there was a changing of the guard as Gen. Norton A. Schwartz took over the position. Max Boot discusses the implications of having a Chief that does not come from a fighter jet background and the effect this will have on the appropriation of the Air Force budget.

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