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The Debate over Foreign Aid

The Debate over Foreign Aid

Author: Laurie Garrett

It's important to evaluate foreign aid programs and address questions of accountability and value, especially at a time of concern about the economy, but cuts or reductions in foreign assistance support aren't merited, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.

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Financial Regulation's Fatal Flaw

Financial Regulation's Fatal Flaw

Author: Marc Levinson

Congress' call for a new federal agency to oversee insurers still relies too heavily on ill-equipped state regulators to stem risks posed by bond insurers, traders, and reinsurers, writes CFR's Marc Levinson.

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Why China May Stumble

Why China May Stumble

Author: Steven Dunaway

China's continued impressive growth is by no means assured, writes CFR's Steven Dunaway. Without basic changes to its economic model, including rule of law reforms, it could face considerable struggles, he says.

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Fight the Fire, then Redesign the Firehouse

Fight the Fire, then Redesign the Firehouse

Author: Stewart M. Patrick

While some G-20 leaders want to map out a "New Deal for the Twenty-First Century," CFR's Stewart Patrick says they risk spawning a twenty-first century version of the Great Depression if they don't agree on coordinated short-term steps to stimulate economic activity and to ensure both credit and trade flow freely.

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Davos, the Poor, and the Crash of '08

Davos, the Poor, and the Crash of '08

Author: Laurie Garrett

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says the recent Davos economic forum failed to provide any blue print for reconciling the financial crisis and development aid needs. She predicts donor nations will "face tough sells, trying to convince their voters that it is vital to spend money feeding starving masses abroad."

See more in Emerging Markets; Financial Crises