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The Gambia Leaves the Commonwealth

Gambia's dictator, Yahya Jammeh, announced that Gambia is leaving the Commonwealth of Nations, a "neo-colonialist" institution, in his view. He provided no official explanation for the...
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Slavery: As Modern as It Is Ancient

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. The Australia based, Walk Free Foundation on Oct 17 published their first...
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High Stakes for Young Lives

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Lynn S. ElHarake
By developing a stronger understanding of what works and what does not in combatting child marriage, policymakers and civil society leaders will be better equipped to end child marriage. Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Research Associate Lynn S. ElHarake idenitfy the drivers of child marriage and the factors that can curb it.

The Rise of Islamic Finance

by Mohammed Aly Sergie
After growing to a $1 trillion asset class in Muslim countries, Islamic finance is poised for an era of globalization. This Backgrounder examines the origins and potential of Islamic finance.
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Measuring Human Rights Fulfillment

Unlike other economic and social metrics of performance, human rights, as codified in international human rights laws, are an irreducible, non-negotiable framework for assessing wellbeing. Adopted...

Child Marriage and U.S. Foreign Policy

with Geeta Rao Gupta, Mary Robinson, Rachel B. Vogelstein
Mary Robinson and Geeta Rao Gupta discuss the Council on Foreign Relations report, Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives. In the report,authorRachel B. Vogelstein argues that ending child marriage is not only a moral obligation, but a strategic imperative that will further U.S. foreign policy interests in development, stability, and the rule of law.
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The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid

by Steven Radelet, William Easterly with Steven Radelet, William Easterly
Two economists, Steven Radelet of the Center for Global Development and William Easterly of New York University, debate the effectiveness of foreign aid.