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October 23, 2019

Sierra Leone
Behind Sierra Leone’s Ambitious, Tech-Driven Development Plan

Sierra Leone currently ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of less than $300 and high levels of poverty. But President Julius Maada Bio has charted an ambitious development plan for the small West African country. Since 2017, President Bio has overseen increased investment in advanced technologies in the hopes of spurring development.

President Julius Maada Bio sits with his hands clasped at a desk.

March 19, 2019

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to convince her own party to pass the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union because of its backstop provision. What is it, and why does it m…

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August 12, 2019

United States
$500 Billion in Dividends out of the Double Irish with a Dutch twist (with a bit of Help from Bermuda)

Tax is often the biggest factor in the balance of payments. U.S. firms operating in Bermuda paid $229 billion in dividends back to their U.S. parents in 2018. That’s more than the United States earne…

$500 Billion in Dividends out of the Double Irish with a Dutch twist (with a bit of Help from Bermuda)

April 25, 2018

Ireland
Tax Avoidance and the Irish Balance of Payments

At this point, profit shifting by multinational corporations doesn’t distort Ireland’s balance of payments; it constitutes Ireland’s balance of payments.

Irish Flag and Apple Logo

November 1, 2019

Ireland
Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

Ireland's tax authorities have made the job of Ireland's statistical authorities almost impossible.   The distortions in the Irish data are now so big that the impact the data for the entire euro are…

Ireland’s Statistical Cry for Help…

December 2, 2010

Europe and Eurasia
Luck of the Irish Hinges on Banks

The EU-IMF Irish bailout gives Ireland a window of opportunity to solve its problems, but how large a window is it? Although the €85 billion headline number appears to be very large, at over 50% o…

Luck of the Irish Hinges on Banks

October 29, 2019

Defense and Security
Through a Gender Lens: The Need for Robust Research into Diversity and Military Effectiveness

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sienna De Santis and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, both with Female Engagement Team, greet children during a patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

October 28, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

A recent spate of state laws to restrict abortion services in the United States has reignited debate over the procedure. How does the United States’ regulation of abortion compare to the rest of the …

October 23, 2019

Europe
The President's Inbox: The "Do-or-Die" Brexit Deal with Sebastian Mallaby

This week’s episode of The President’s Inbox is live. I sat down with Sebastian Mallaby, CFR’s Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics, to discuss the deal that British Prime Minist…

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues for his Brexit deal in the House of Commons on October 19.

April 7, 2013

Israel
Irish Teachers Teach Hatred of Israel

The Teachers Union of Ireland voted last week to commence a full boycott of Israel. At its Annual Congress on Thursday 4th April 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic …