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When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

Circus Politics Is Alive and Well in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Edsel Tupaz

The circus continues with the motion to impeach President Aquino, with opposition politicians having sharpened their knives in an attempt to draw some blood from the Teflon President.

This #17July, Invest in International Criminal Justice Because #JusticeMatters

Kip Hale | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Kip Hale

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, when the international community reflects on its collective effort to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

World Cup and the Rule of Law

Michael Møller | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Michael Møller

In the face of timid responses, it's up to all of us to call out fouls and demand action and punitive measures. If it becomes increasingly acceptable to bend or even ignore the basic rules of governance we have in place, we will end in total chaos.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

Breaking Iraq's Cycle of Destruction

Freedom House | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Freedom House

The sad truth of the present situation is that the current Iraqi leadership effectively paved the way for ISIL's deadly ascent through policies that actively aggravated sectarian rifts and undermined the resilience of security forces.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.04.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

When Ideologues Take Over the Administrative State: Punishing Ivory Owners Rather Than Saving Elephants

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Poaching has increased over the last decade, putting African elephants at risk. Additional global cooperation is necessary to save them. But America is not the problem.

The Misrule of Law in Croatia

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Natasha Srdoc, who has done stints in international banking, the think tank world, and politics, is a firm believer in free market capitalism. She doesn't think what took place in former Yugoslavia comes anywhere close to her understanding of how capitalism works.

Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Like Don Quixote Tilting at Windmills, Foreign Governments Fight the Wrong Enemy Post-Snowden

Stacy Baird | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Stacy Baird

As a result of Snowden's disclosures, U.S. companies have been wrongly suffering commercial reprisals by some governments. Conflating the acts of the NSA with other agencies has also potentially harmed legitimate government activities.

Blame it on Rio, or Sarajevo?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

War more likely in the Balkans or sex in Brazil, turned into an unexpected UN Security Council debate. Is promiscuity for conflict, sex or soccer something embedded in our genes, culture or environment? Some stereotypes perhaps are better, or more accurately less harmful, but in the end they become a hurdle.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Democracy Wins in South Africa

Barry D. Wood | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

The biggest winner in South Africa's May 7th parliamentary election is democracy itself. Twenty years after the first all race ballot, Nelson Mandela's rainbow nation is alive and well in the country of 50 million. The election is a triumph of constitutional government and rule of law.

The Paper Tiger Gets Teeth: Developments in Chinese Environmental Law

Erin Ryan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Erin Ryan

The move follows a series of internationally reported environmental horror stories from China over the past year, including epic levels of urban air pollution and tens of thousands of pig carcasses decaying in the local water supply.

Corruption -- An Epidemic of Epic Scale in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Corruption is an epidemic tearing into India's foundation and economic wellbeing. It can only be fixed by those who live in this country -- 'we, the people'.

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.10.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to police the world when it should be policing its own law enforcement agencies.

The Great Degeneration

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Society has become centered in the cities, and in the cities, there is only effectiveness when good government is present.

Obama Administration Treats Antique Collectors and Dealers as Criminals: New Ivory Rules Also Put Elephants at Increased Risk

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The mass killing of elephants is tragic. But demand for new ivory, not items legally imported decades or centuries ago, fuels the trade. Governments should penalize poachers and their seller allies -- not responsible collectors and dealers who have followed the rules.

The Promise and Pitfalls of the House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

Donald Kerwin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

They may sow the seeds of reform, but do not (in themselves) offer sufficient guidelines for reform.

Turning the Tide: Three Years Later Tunisia Is Still the Forerunner of the Arab Spring

Arezo Yazd | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Arezo Yazd

Whether Tunisia turns into a stronghold of stability and democratic governance in the coming years is uncertain, but given the region's current volatility, Tunisia seems to be light-years ahead of its neighbors.

Law Remains Vital

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am bullish on the legal profession. I must offer a preface before I explain why law remains vital -- and how it will become paramount in an increas...

Legalization of U.S. Unauthorized Residents: A Rule of Law or Access to Justice Issue?

Donald Kerwin | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Justice is delayed and denied in the U.S. immigration system -- sometimes for years, sometimes forever -- and this problem substantially contributes to the U.S. unauthorized population.

Netherlands Sets Fresh Course vs. Moscow on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Seizure and Arrests

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Netherlands is in a unique position to assert the rule of law in the case of the Arctic Sunrise, beyond the consideration of the ship's registration. The Netherlands is home to several major international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.