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June 27, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
New Insights on the Relationship Between Democracy and Wealth

Do the chances of democracy’s success in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, or Myanmar depend on each country’s wealth? And does China’s growing prosperity portend a democratic transition there anytime soon? Sc…


June 12, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
Egypt’s Civil Society--and Democratic Transition--on Trial

Last week an Egyptian court sentenced over three dozen people working for foreign NGOs to prison terms for “receiving illegal funds from abroad and operating unlicensed organizations." These convicti…


March 21, 2014

Will Justice Be Part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

This piece is part of an ongoing Development Channel series on global justice and development. Whether or not justice will be part of the world’s post-2015 global development agenda remains an open …


February 20, 2014

Welcome to the CFR Special Series on Global Justice

In the coming months, the Development Channel will devote a special series to the theme of Global Justice. We will explore the relationship between written law, access to justice, and the realization…


October 9, 2013

Rule of Law
POSCO vs. The People?

Last week, a United Nations expert panel issued a harsh report expressing concern over the construction of a $12 billion steel project in Odisha, India, financed by the South Korean steel conglomerat…


September 23, 2013

What’s Next for Global Development?

This week, the United Nations convenes its sixty-eight General Assembly session, bringing together heads of state and other high officials from all 193 members of the UN. Although many pressing globa…


August 26, 2013

Energy and Environment
Responses to Posts on Alternative Development Measures

My recent posts on alternative development measures generated an outpouring of comments. To keep the conversation going, I would like to highlight some responses to the posts and encourage you to sha…


August 29, 2013

Human Rights
Measuring Human Rights Fulfillment

Unlike other economic and social metrics of performance, human rights, as codified in international human rights laws, are an irreducible, non-negotiable framework for assessing wellbeing. Adopted by…


August 20, 2013

An Emerging Consensus on the Meaning of Development

The UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, composed of political appointees from every continent, recently issued a highly-anticipated report proposing a new framework for measuring…


August 14, 2013

Governments Redefining Development

As I discussed in my last post, governments and international organizations are increasingly taking an interest in alternative ways to measure countries’ development, outside of the traditional measu…