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Marshall Plan

Public Diplomacy and the Arab World's Future

Philip Seib | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The key to an improved future in the region is less political than it is economic. Democracy is a worthy goal, but it will be reached only slowly.

Egypt's Darkness and Weapons Into Plowshares

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

How extraordinary it would be were we to figuratively "beat our swords into plowshares," that is, to convert our weaponry deliveries to a like value in wheat deliveries, showing a brotherly concern for the travails of all Egyptians in this, their dark hour.

An Arab Marshall Plan

Bassem Awadallah | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Bassem Awadallah

Although Arab leaders often cite Turkey as a beacon of hope, they rarely acknowledge that the country's recent transformation from the "sick man of Europe" to one of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets would not have been possible had it not pursued regional synergies.

Why Are Greek Children Going Hungry?

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Some of the Greeks I talk to on the phone tell me Greece now is reliving some of the harsh realities of WWII German occupation when hundreds of thousa...

Why Development Works

Asma Lateef | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Asma Lateef

Our global success depends on countries working together to solve the problems of hunger and poverty. Development assistance is one of the most effective ways to transform lives around the world.

Marshall Parks for the Middle East

Stanley Weiss | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

The idea of a Marshall Plan for the Middle East has been suggested by everyone from the dean of Columbia Business School to the leader of the Syrian rebels.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.

Government Works

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

From groaning truckloads of freight to families on vacation, easy mobility across the nation is assured by the collective governmental effort that was the interstate highway system.

The Second Poorest County in America

Tim Giago | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

There are still those who believe that the 30-year lapse to improve a grave situation rests not only with the federal government, but also with the failed leadership of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Could We 'Fix' Detroit With $800 Billion? Let's Try!

Ned Staebler | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

The direct financial costs of the Iraq war were estimated to be about $800 billion, with a 'B.' That struck me as a lot of money. I started thinking: "What else could we have done with $800 billion over eight years?"

Let's Invest in Detroit: A Marshall Plan for America's Cities

Kevin Boyle | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit
Kevin Boyle

Detroit's about to go broke. Something drastic has to be done. But the answer isn't to slice more deeply into the city's workforce. Or to slash benefits. Or to sell off the street lights. The answer is something genuinely wider and deeper and bolder.

Needed: A Marshall Plan for America

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

In a recent op-ed ("The Gap Between the Size of Our Problems and the Narrowness of Our Thinking," Huffington Post, September 12, 2011), I talked about...

A Domestic Marshall Plan: Forget Going "Big vs. Small," Instead, Go "Simple and Effective"

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Obama should focus on two and only two proposals, and they each must take account of perceived prior failures. They must be guarantees, not incentives that rely on what side of the bed someone gets up on in the morning.

Help Wanted: Someone - Anyone! - With a Real Plan to Rebuild America

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Our "leaders" -- from the president on down -- should hang their heads in shame for wasting so much time and energy squabbling over the tax rates of the filthy rich and the size of giveaways to multi-national corporations while disaster unfolds before us.

The Dems' Decision to Go the Super PAC Route Is Wrong

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Democrats need to give the American people a reason to support their party, and in my mind they can do that by supporting the public financing of elections and passing an amendment canceling out the Citizens United decision.

Americans Would Doom an American Reconstruction Effort to Failure

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

There is no question that the devastation caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in Japan, already estimated at $180 billion, will ge...

A Marshall Plan for the Middle East?

Glenn Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Glenn Hubbard

All prosperous countries of the world got that way not through government infrastructure, food aid, or NGO projects, but through the growth of a domestic business sector.

Republican Congress: Back to the USSR

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Republicans claim to value the military, but it appears that many don't actually respect what the military values. If they did, they would be crawling over each other to understand and bolster our non-military, diplomatic security programs.

An Alternate History of the Energy Crisis

Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kanellos

What if the United States had been forced to cut down on gas starting in 1948? U.S. auto companies likely wouldn't have become the bumbling boneheads of the industrial world.

Private Initiative Marshall Plan Launches for the New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been working in Haiti since Christmas 1999. That New Year's Eve I hired my first staff -- my first local partner -- with a handshake at the Ol...

A New Marshall Plan for a New Generation

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

Like so many problems in public policy today, America's erratic foreign policy is ultimately an issue younger generations will have to solve. Partisan, extreme solutions will not suffice.

Brad Pitt Leads the Way in Building a Sustainable, Affordable, Energy-Efficient Community in New Orleans

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Make It Right Foundation is an extraordinary laboratory for innovation and creative design in building a green-energy, efficient community at affordable prices.

A Misguided Deficit Commission

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Obama Administration's Deficit Commission is at best errant in its mission and at worst a bait-and-switch ploy being run on the American people.

Applause for Chairman Berman's New Foreign Aid Legislation

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Ingram

Berman recently released a working draft of new legislation authorizing U.S. foreign assistance. This is a major step toward building a 21st century approach for promoting development.

Aid Reform Within Reach: Time for the President to Lead

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
George Ingram

The United States is falling short in getting the most bang for its development buck. Even our best aid projects often fail to maximize the benefits for either effective development or national interests.