Prime Minister May: Please Discuss International Development With President Trump

On Friday, January 27, Prime Minister Theresa May will visit President Donald Trump in Washington – making her the first foreign leader to meet with the new president. The United States and the United Kingdom will recommit to the U.S.-UK “special relationship” – a welcome development. One topic that deserves a few minutes of discussion is foreign …

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General Flynn’s Book Offers Glimpses Of Priorities For The Incoming Trump Administration

General Michael Flynn and Dr. Michael Ledeen recently published a book, Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies. General Flynn, a former 3-Star General and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has a number of critics in the National Security community and the negative views of …

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Vice President-Elect Pence Should Take On The ‘Plan Colombia For The Northern Triangle’

In the summer of 2014, 70,000 unaccompanied minors (UACs) from the Northern Triangle – consisting of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, forcing U.S. action and involvement in a region that is often overlooked.  Many called on a “Plan Colombia” for that region so as to deal with the “push factors” or “root …

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U.S. Engagement In Asia Requires Re-engagement In Multilateral Development Banks

Olin Wethington and Robert Manning at the Atlantic Council have just published an important report calling for renewed engagement and by the US in the multilateral development banks.  This report should be read in conjunction with its sister report, Shaping the Asia-Pacific Futurepublished in 2015.  Mr. Wethington is a fluent Chinese speaker, a senior business executive with decades …

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President-Elect Trump’s International Opportunity To Support ‘All Of The Above’ Energy

President-elect Trump has a number of opportunities to return non-renewables such as coal and natural gas to their rightful place as legitimate sources of energy along with new renewable sources. All of these are used not only in the United States, but by many poor countries. The Obama Administration has spent the last 8 years trying …

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Afghanistan Will Muddle Through–On An Upward Trajectory

When you read statements like “the next President’s team needs a top to bottom review of our engagement in Afghanistan” or “we need to take a ‘hard’ look at our engagement in Afghanistan” it should immediately raise a series of follow-up questions. Is it acceptable for the United States and its allies to pull the …

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Social Safety Nets and Developing Countries: A Chance to Get it Right

Nearly every wealthy country has an established system for providing support to the most vulnerable members of the population, and increasingly, developing countries are moving to establish their own social safety programs. This is a huge opportunity to improve lives— only a third of the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people are currently covered by social safety nets, …

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Fulfilling Guatemala’s Promise

The United States has a history of inconsistent engagement in Latin America—we pay attention when problems flow over our borders, but quickly lose interest once the most immediate concerns have been addressed.  Guatemala was thrust to the fore of American national consciousness following the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border in the summer …

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International Youth Foundation and Laureate Education Solve Important Global Problems

I saw this article by Roger Stone which makes a series of irresponsible accusations about two organizations that I know well.  The article confuses two very different groups and contends that Laureate Education received millions from the State Department. This specific claim is untrue, Laureate has never received money from the U.S. Government, but the entire article is …

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Franchising And Micro-franchising: An Underused Tool For Underserved Populations

Many developing countries face large and growing youth bulges, and with youth unemployment rates prevailing at twice that of the general workforce, there is a pressing need for new job creation. Across the world, 600 million youth will be competing for 200 million jobs in the next decade, and this “demographic time bomb” is not only …

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