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News You Really Need To See: “China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid”

“China and Africa: A Despot’s Guide to Foreign Aid” The Economist, April 16-22, 2016 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21697001-want-more-cash-vote-china-united-nations-despots-guide-foreign “Pity the UN ambassador of a small African country each time a vote is called in the General Assembly. Many of the resolutions will be … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Hidden Reason for Poverty the World Needs to Address Now”

Apr. 28, 2015 by Darius  Over the past 35 years, the percentage of people around the world living in extreme poverty, less than a dollar a day, has fallen from around 50% to only 15%.  But if the poverty threshold … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Yemen and Libya: The Middle East’s Other Civil Wars,” Part II

Feb. 20, 2015 by Darius [Two days ago, I attended a panel discussion on “Yemen and Libya: The Middle East’s Other Civil Wars.”  Yesterday, I shared the Libya part of the panel; today’s post is dedicated to the panelists’ comments … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen”

“Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen” The New York Times, December 19, 2014, p.A6 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/world/middleeast/yemen-children-starve-as-government-weakens.html “Yemen is the most impoverished country in the Middle East, and among its grim distinctions is having one of the highest rates of child malnutrition … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Emergency Economies: The Impact of Cash Assistance in Lebanon”

Oct. 23,  2014 by Darius  Getting aid to refugees has always been a thorny problem.  There’s been an easy solution floating around for some time, though: just give refugees cash.  Last month, the International Rescue Committee released its report on the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Egypt and the US, Actions Speak Louder than Words

June 23, 2014 by Darius  Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egypt’s newest president Abd el-Fattah al-Sisi.  Kerry expressed the usual platitudes about restoring full democracy and an open society, but the main thrust of the meeting … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Righting the Balance”

May 7, 2014 by Darius  Does the diplomacy apparatus of the United States, specifically the State Department and USAID, meet the country’s needs in the modern world?  Yesterday, I saw former State Department official Daniel Serwer and author of the … Continue reading

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