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Task Force Report

Threats to Democracy

by Morton H. Halperin, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley with Madeleine K. Albright, Bronislaw Geremek
Democratic governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations have responded poorly and often at cross purposes when democracies are threatened by coups or erosions of the democratic process, concludes an independent Task Force led by two of the world's leading pro-democracy advocates, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former Foreign Minister of Poland Bronislaw Geremek. Yet support for democracy is consistent not only with the ideals of the world's democracies but also with their interests and security. Democratic states are "less likely to breed terrorists or to be state sponsors of terrorism," the report concludes, and more likely to be "active participants in the global economy."
Task Force Report

Enhancing U.S. Leadership at the United Nations

by Adrian Karatnycky, Lee Feinstein with Lee H. Hamilton, David Dreier
U.S. influence at the United Nations is low but can be improved, concludes this report of a bipartisan Task Force led by two highly regarded foreign policy experts, Republican Representative David Dreier and former Democratic Representative Lee Hamilton. It calls for a new strategy—building a democratic coalition of UN members—to better advance American interests and values with three key goals in mind: supporting democracy and democratic principles throughout the world; advancing human rights; and fighting terrorism.
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The African Union's Conflict Management Capabilities

by Paul D. Williams
As Africa's strategic importance grows, the African Union is poised to be a U.S. partner on the continent. The AU, however, must take concrete steps to develop its conflict-management capabilities—an area in which the United States can play a critical role.
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Beating the Resource Curse in Africa: A Global Effort

by Terra Lawson-Remer, Joshua Greenstein
Terra Lawson-Remer and Joshua Greenstein say, "Many resource-rich African countries make poor use of their wealth... Instead of creating prosperity, resources have too often fostered corruption, undermined inclusive economic growth, incited armed conflict and damaged the environment."