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Counterproductive Contradictions Undermine U.S. Policy on Cuba

John McAuliff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McAuliff

In an interview with Telemundo, reported by the Cuban Colada blog, Secretary of State Clinton sounded a cautiously optimistic note about the fate of i...

The New Arab World Requires New Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

The new dynamics of the Arab world require a meaningful shift in public diplomacy strategy, with less emphasis on advertising and more on service.

Our House of Reps Resolution in Response to Japan Earthquake

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

On March 15, 2011, as a Japanese-American Member of Congress and Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I introduced the following House resolution.

Can We Get an Africa Lead at USAID Already?

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Todd Moss

It's now 26 months since the inauguration and where the #%&$ is USAID's leadership?

Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, on Empowering Women and Girls Worldwide

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

In a recent in-depth interview with Gayle, we discussed her advice to President Obama on foreign aid and future challenges and opportunities for the international development sector.

Rwanda: Healing the Scars of Genocide

David Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Weiss

As you pass through the country, it is hard to imagine that these same streets in this country the size of Hawaii were the scene of one of the worst human slaughters of the late 20th century.

What Do the Budget Battles Mean for Latin America?

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

How will the House Republican leadership's proposal for this year's budget affect Latin America and U.S. relations with the region? What a colleague and I found is alarming.

How Rajiv Shah Can Buck the System: 5 Tips from the Frontlines of Conflict and Development

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

Administrator Shah is right to argue for the relevance -- even indispensability -- of USAID in stabilizing fragile states. Here is what he needs to do to make that vision a reality.

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.

Dangers in U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Pakistan over Embassy employee Raymond Davis's comes at a time when Pakistan is increasingly challenged by growing violence and a teetering economy.

A 3D Approach to US Foreign Policy

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

What does it mean for the US to take a 3D -- development, diplomacy, and defense -- approach to foreign policy?

Rotary International Names Dynamic New General Secretary

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, and they couldn't have a more capable general secretary than John Hewko.

Will Pakistan Follow Egypt's Example?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Like Egypt, Pakistan is an important strategic partner whose stability matters even more for U.S. national security interests, in neighboring Afghanistan as well as in U.S. efforts to confront al-Qaeda. But U.S.-Pakistan relations have been strained.

Onward Corporate Food Crusaders!

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the business leaders of the global corporate food regime announced a new Corporate Food Crusade to empower small farmers and entrepreneurs.

AID Has Never Been a Better Investment

Perry Yeatman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

At Davos last week, I left discussions feeling inspiring by aid again. While our problems are huge, and I honestly think the world is in the most precarious position of my lifetime, I felt that at least this area was in good hands.

Colombian Vice President Garzon: Good Words, but Not Yet Deeds

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.

A New Challenge for a New Country: Southern Sudan and Returnee Communities

David Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Weiss

The most high profile event in Africa is taking place just several hundred miles north of me, in southern Sudan, where the world's one hundred and ninety third country looks likely soon to be created.

A New Chapter in Southern Sudan

Larry Garber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Garber

Even as few doubt the outcome of South Sudan's referendum, the population has projected a profound collective dignity, reflecting an awareness of the enormity of the step just taken and the challenges that lie ahead.

Doing Things Differently in Haiti

Mark Feierstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Feierstein

Despite the best of intentions, years of international generosity had failed to transform Haiti into a prosperous country. But today, we are doing things differently.

A Bipartisan Strategy for Sharpening U.S. Foreign Aid

Rich Tafel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

Bring a butcher knife to U.S. foreign aid? Not a good idea. But sharpen it? Yes. Let's make it a double-edged sword and address America's economic health and security.

Not enough colère against cholera

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

Now they are saying we have 3,481 killed by cholera. It is doubtless many more... But in any case, these are just numbers to newspaper readers and ra...

"Ayiti Kale Je" Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti's Christmas Cholera

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

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On Charities: Is Microscopic Overhead a True Measure of Effectiveness?

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

What does it mean when a charity with few employees and modest income reports one billion dollars in revenue? What more ought a donor know about the charity beyond its numbers?

Keep the U.S. Response to Global Humanitarian Disasters Impartial

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Samuel A. Worthington

The QDDR contains many positive elements. The InterAction community is hopeful that it will lead to greater collaboration between USAID and the Department of State to enable the U.S. to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies and the needs of vulnerable people.

Prevention Should Be at Heart of Clinton's Reforms

Lawrence Woocher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Woocher

The QDDR must not only succeed in instilling greater attention to fragile states, but also in shifting the dominant crisis-driven culture toward one that embraces prevention.