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March 15, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guterres The UN Secretary-General's Call for Regulating Cyberwar Raises More Questions Than Answers

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently complained about the lack of rules for state activity in cyberspace. His statements raised a few eyebrows, especially given that successive UN groups ha…

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

March 22, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Podcast Access to Financial Services - Image Access to Financial Services and Women’s Economic Empowerment

  Women’s financial inclusion is positively correlated with economic growth at both the household and global levels. Yet women at the bottom of the pyramid are 28 percent less likely than men to h…

March 15, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Podcast Where Do We Go From Here? A First-Hand Account from Syria Where Do We Go From Here? A First-Hand Account from Syria

In the midst of breaking news stories about the Syrian war, the voices of Syrian women remain absent, despite their contributions to advancing peace in local communities across the country. Rula Asad…

November 29, 2016

Development
girl-refugee-camp-lebanon_rtr4eqxf Five Questions About Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

March 29, 2012

Kenya
Election Monitoring: Power, Limits, and Risks

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Judith Kelley examines the achievements, shortcomings, and drawbacks of international election monitoring, arguing that it merits both enthusiasm and healthy skep…

July 2, 2012

Trade
1209 N. Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware, is the legal address of over 285,000 separate businesses (Wikimedia Commons). Morning Brief: Delaware, the Onshore Tax Haven

Delaware is the legal home of nearly half of all U.S. public corporations, though that home is often a simple dropbox (NYT). In 2011, corporations paid roughly $860 million in taxes and fees to the s…

October 9, 2012

Economics
Chavez Victory - LAM Venezuelan Election Roundup

On Sunday Hugo Chávez won his third presidential term. With 55 percent of the total vote, he bested opponent Henrique Capriles by almost 11 percent. With the dust now settling and celebrations or mou…

April 26, 2011

Economics
An employee arranges cotton in a textile factory in Bello, Antioquia province, Colombia (Albeiro Lopera / Courtesy Reuters). The Beginning (and End) of a Free Trade Agenda

An employee arranges cotton in a textile factory in Bello, Antioquia province, Colombia (Albeiro Lopera / Courtesy Reuters). In Washington the final negotiations for the three long-awaited free trad…

September 8, 2009

Nigeria
Understanding the Armed Groups of the Niger Delta

Overview Nigeria’s underdeveloped but oil-rich Niger Delta region currently is the site of a crippling insurgency. Fueled by a complex mixture of protest, crime, and political corruption, the netw…