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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...
Backgrounder

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.
Other Report

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 identify the drivers of child marriage and the factors that can curb it.
Online Debate

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.
Other Report

Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options

by David G. Victor
Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing policy-makers today. David G. Victor, a leading expert on environmental policy, takes a fresh look at this issue and persuasively marshals arguments for three distinct approaches to combat the problem, casting each as a presidential speech. A must-read for environmentalists, educators, and anyone else interested in the issue, Climate Change is a most useful reference in the growing public debate about how best to meet this environmental challenge.