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Fron Nahzi
The views expressed are his own.

Entries by Fron Nahzi

Flint Water Crisis: Wake-up Call for the Country

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:09 PM

President Obama's visit to Flint, Michigan this week draws public attention to the nation's water crisis. It is an opportunity to set in motion desperately needed reforms and place the water crisis exactly where it belongs: at center stage in the upcoming presidential campaign.

Over the past century droughts...

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Albania: Ambassador Lu's Watch List

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 1:06 PM

As a driving force behind Albania's judicial reforms, US Ambassador Donald Lu recently told a room full of judges that they were divided into two groups: those "who do their jobs honorably" and those "who are terribly corrupt." "If you look down now at your wrist and you have a...

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Brazil's Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Brazil's current economic crisis combined with a bad governance system is much like a Rio Carnival followed by a terrible hangover.

Brazil's markets are in turmoil. The leftist government of President Dilma Rousseff is embroiled in a number of corruption scandals. Crime is high, with most people living behind...

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A Look in the Mirror

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy (New York University Press, 2015)

In Modern Albania, Fred Abrahams has managed to put Albania's past, current, and future leaders under one roof and monitored their deeds for 25 years. In first-person narrative, Abrahams turns the tables from Big Brother watching...

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Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 11:39 AM

This past year marked the Earth's hottest year ever on record. The heat wave is attributed to greenhouse gas emissions. This dangerous trend is expected to continue unless we take immediate and continuous steps, not just in the United States, but across the globe. In the US, we...

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When Donor Driven Programs Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Next week the White House will host the first Africa Leaders' Summit. The Summit will focus on expanding U.S. support for Africa's democratic development and solidify America's commitment to the African people. The summit is a good opportunity for U.S. government aid agencies like the United States Agency...

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Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:57 PM

One of the most frequent criticisms of civil society development work in emerging democracies is, too often, the work is donor driven. To a large extent the criticism is justifiable and applicable to both the internationals that rely on Western donor funding to implement civil society/good governance programs and the...

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Combating Corruption in Albania: Superman, Where Are You?

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 4:44 PM

The newly elected prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has inherited a government and a country on the verge of financial and social collapse. The outgoing Democratic Party drained the state's finances dry, strengthened links between government and mafia, and created a state ruled by Democratic Party law. To quickly...

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Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha: His Way or the Highway

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Prime Minister Sali Berisha's reelection bid centers on building the country's first motorway. But his poor track record in combating corruption and upholding the rule of law has many Western countries, most notably the U.S., wondering if Berisha is taking Albania down the wrong road.

While Albanians are trying...

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Albanian Elections: Promises of Change, Really?

(10) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:57 PM

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Campaign. Much like the 1963 epic American comedy, the runoff to Albania's June 23 national elections has brought together a cast of old and new characters from Albania's ongoing democratic evolution. They are scrambling from one end of this tiny country to another...

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Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Too often civil society development work in emerging democracies feels like a Herculean if not a Sisyphean task. A recent review of civil society development programs from the Balkans to Asia over the past decade point to similar challenges year after year: civil society organizations (CSOs) are often one-person shows,...

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Georgian CSOs at the Crossroads

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Tbilisi. On October 1st, following a hotly contested election campaign, Georgia witnessed a peaceful transition of power for the first time in its history. The result of the election, along with the preceding demonstrations against the mistreatment of prisoners, clearly showed strong public support for a government that...

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A Call for Video Grant Applications

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 3:14 PM

In an era when a single video on the Internet can launch an idea that leads to a revolution, the international donor community needs to reevaluate how it selects and awards grants to civil society organizations (CSOs) in transitional countries.

Most donors agree that, too often, awards are based...

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Kosovo: It's Business, Not Personal

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:40 PM

The Kosovar citizens' lack of trust in the Kosovo local and international authorities became apparent with the recent horrific death of Dino Asanaj. Last week, Asanaj, head of the board of Kosovo's privatization agency, was found dead in his office. He was stabbed 11 times.

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Get Online

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 4:35 PM

At a recent social media training in the Caucasus, civil society representatives armed with pencils, writing pads and questions walked in the classroom, followed by the bloggers with backpacks, laptops and answers. The trainer, a self-taught ICT expert from Seattle, spoke as the bloggers, aged between 19 and 28, quietly...

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Faceless Movements

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 12:57 PM

The social media -- Facebook, Twitter, and other "miracles" of this so-called Age of Information -- added to their fame by helping gather the great crowds that toppled the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, shook the palace of Bahrain's despot, ignited the uprising that overthrew Gaddafi, carried Syria to the...

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Kosovo: Madam President to the Rescue

(6) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 1:53 PM

With the backing of the US and most EU countries, Kosovo declared its independence in 2008. Since then, trying to present the newest country in Europe in a positive light has become a public relations nightmare given that a dark shadow is cast over the tiny Balkan country by its...

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Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in Albania: Is It Working?

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 3:54 PM

In 1990, as the Albanian revolution against 45 years of communist rule was gaining momentum, a young professor of art named Edi Rama warned that the post-communist government should be free of former communist party members. He warned of "corrupt intellectuals" highjacking the democratic movement and turning it into a...

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Kosovo: One for All or All for One?

(6) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 5:40 PM

Since Kosovo achieved independence in 2008, its leaders' mission was simple: win friends and influence people. At most Kosovo's future was to be a beauty contest. Having survived Milosevic's ethnic cleansing, Kosovo rightfully won the sympathy and the support of key Western powers. Billions of dollars of Western aid poured...

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US and EU Man in Kosovo: Is He the Chosen One or the Only Candidate Left?

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 3:42 PM

The International Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of Kosovo's right to declare independence has opened the door for Kosovo to enter the family of sovereign states. Now Kosovo must show that it's ready to assume that responsibility.

The task falls to Kosovo's powerful Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. With...

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