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June 8, 2016

Security Alliances
Reforming the U.S. International Military Education and Training Program

The International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, which provides U.S. government funds to members of foreign militaries to take classes at U.S. military facilities, has the potential …

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February 19, 2014

Yemen
Countering Terrorism: An Institution-Building Approach for Yemen

Benn Steil and Dinah Walker argue that the ECB's bank stress tests will roil rather than calm markets if recapitalization funds are not set aside in advance, as they were in the case of the highly successful U.S. tests in 2009.

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April 26, 2012

Development
Beating the Resource Curse: Global Governance Strategies for Democracy and Economic Development

Abundant reserves of minerals and petroleum often precipitate a resource curse in countries with weak governance institutions: fostering political corruption, eroding democratic accountability, incit…

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April 2, 2012

Afghanistan
Salvaging Governance Reform in Afghanistan

Governance reform is crucial to stability in Afghanistan, but time is running out. To avoid failure, the United States should focus its efforts on the critical subset of its original reform agenda th…

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March 16, 2011

Cybersecurity
Cyberspace Governance: The Next Step

Introduction After years of dismissing the utility of international negotiations on cyberspace, U.S. officials now say that they will participate in talks to develop rules for the virtual world. B…

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October 2, 2012

Rule of Law
A Global Trust for Rule of Law

The rule of law is critical for people to have a meaningful opportunity to thrive. Still, for billions of people around the world today, the rule of law exists on paper but not in practice. Even thou…

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September 9, 2013

Radicalization and Extremism
A Global Venture to Counter Violent Extremism

The rise of Islamist radicalism continues to threaten U.S. interests in the greater Middle East. Last year's attacks on U.S. embassies, instability in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings, and an incr…

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August 19, 2014

Drug Policy
Designing a Global Coalition of Medicines Regulators

Globalization has transformed the marketplace for medicines in recent decades, giving rise to new threats including the poor traceability of global supply chains, counterfeit and substandard medicine…

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August 7, 2019

Women and Economic Growth
Investing in Girls’ STEM Education in Developing Countries

The education gender gap costs the world between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in human capital. U.S. aid programs need to equip girls and women to participate in the modern digital economy.

Students at a government school work on individual laptops, in Ahmedabad, India, on July 26, 2018.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
Creating a State Department Office for American State and Local Diplomacy

With the increase in subnational international activity, the United States should create an appropriately staffed office within the State Department to serve as a facilitator. This achievable bureaucratic reform would enable the U.S. government to appropriately facilitate activity already underway, enlist city and state leaders as allies in U.S. diplomacy, and prevent policy confusion.

Former San Antonio (Chennai Sister City) Mayor Julian Castro meets Chennai Corporation Mayor Saidai Duraiswami in Chennai, India, on January 25, 2013. (U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)