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Terra Lawson-Remer
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Terra Lawson-Remer is a policy entrepreneur, attorney, and economist. Her expertise spans international economic law, sustainable development, social impact investing, extractive industries, global economic policy, property and natural resource rights, inequality, grassroots governance and legal empowerment, and human rights. Her exploits include surfing, rockclimbing, and rappelling off the side of the New York Plaza Hotel with a 40 x 60 foot anti-war banner. She is currently Managing Director of Cimarron, a global research and strategy firm pioneering innovative, evidence-based approaches to social change. She previously served as Senior Advisor for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Fellow for Civil Society, Markets & Democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Assistant Professor of International Affairs & Economics at The New School. Terra earned her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. and Ph.D. from New York University.

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The Obscure Trade Provision Everyone Is Talking About

(43) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Last week the U.S. Senate dealt the President a temporary surprise setback on a central piece of his trade agenda, refusing to allow Fast Track trade authority to move to a vote. The Senate showdown was just a preview of the epic battle brewing in the House. Whether...

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POSCO vs. The People: Transnational Investments Threaten Forced Evictions in India

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Last week, a United Nations expert panel issued a harsh report expressing concern over the construction of a $12 billion steel project in Odisha, India, financed by the South Korean steel conglomerate POSCO. The project reportedly threatens to forcibly displace over 22,000 people and disrupt the...

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Guaranteeing Personal Security: A Key Goal for Global Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 9:53 AM

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are central aspects of global development. Fundamental to human freedom, these objectives are both an ends in themselves and a means to an end, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda....

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Civil and Political Rights: A Key Goal for Global Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 10:02 AM

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are central aspects of global development. Fundamental to human freedom, these objectives are both an end in themselves and a means to an end, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda....

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Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 9:52 AM

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are essential to human well-being, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda. Rule of law and access to justice are linchpins of these concepts.

Globally, the United...

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Open and Accountable Government for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Last week's blog post discussed the importance of incorporating the goal of combating discrimination and inequality into the post-2015 global development agenda. This post discusses the significance of another goal: open and accountable government for all.

Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers agree that open and accountable government is a crucial aspect...

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Combating Discrimination and Inequality: A Key Goal for Global Development

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:45 AM

Development scholars and practitioners agree that discrimination and inequality undermine the most basic principles of human rights and socioeconomic development. Inequity and lack of opportunity harm both marginalized individuals -- the very poorest, who should be the primary beneficiaries of development -- as well as society at large....

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Setting the Bar and Measuring Progress for (New) Global Development Goals After 2015

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:03 AM

In the last round of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), governance and human rights issues were largely excluded, despite their critical importance to sustainable and equitable development, on the grounds that measurements for governance and human rights were too abstract and difficult to apply across borders. Yet significant...

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Rethinking Global Development Goals

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Over the past 15 years, a nascent consensus has begun to emerge that some aspects of good governance and human rights are integral to development as both a means and an end. Although in the past it has been difficult for the global community to agree on governance and human...

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After the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do We Go From Here?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 5:21 PM

As the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, debates about the contours of a new post-2015 development agenda that will best meet the needs of the world's poor are accelerating. (For a breakdown of the MDGs and post-2015 processes, see previous Question of the Week and...

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Universities Should Demand Corporate Political Spending Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 9:50 AM

This year official federal-election spending surpassed $5.8 billion, compared with $3.1 billion in 2000. In the wake of Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that barred the government from restricting the amount of money that corporations could spend on political campaigns, unidentified groups shelled out over $200 million to influence...

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The Paradox of Property Rights and Economic Development

(9) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Recent weeks have seen simmering property rights conflicts around the world: Burmese citizens marching in protest against the government's seizure of their lands for a hotel zone; Vietnamese villagers contesting the confiscation of their land for an EcoPark satellite city project; and violent clashes breaking out...

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Obama's Outside-the-Box Pick for World Bank President

(11) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:29 AM

Obama's dark horse nominee for World Bank President--medical doctor, PhD anthropologist, Ivy League college professor, hip-hop impresario, and Dartmouth University President Jim Yong Kim--took many power-broker insiders by surprise. JYK is not a politically connected international diplomat, as were his predecessors Robert Zoellick and Paul Wolfowitz,...

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U.S. Security and the Multilateral Development Banks

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 5:11 PM

The "super committee's" apparent failure to cut a deal to trim $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next decade is set to trigger blanket budget cuts, including $500 billion from the Pentagon's budget. In the face of looming cutbacks, maintaining cost-effective investments in the multilateral...

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What Next for Occupy Wall Street?

(9) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 11:56 AM

The purpose of bold, symbolic dissent is to catalyze debate, to challenge the inertia of the status quo with the moral clarity of a refusal to acquiesce in the face of clear injustice. When Gandhi led a long people's march to the sea to collect salt in 1930, in defiance...

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Copenhagen: The Curse of REDD

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 4:42 PM

One hot set of proposals at the Copenhagen climate change negotiations this week would transfer billions from developed to developing countries, by allowing rich country polluters to buy carbon offsets generated through forest conservation in poor countries -- creating a financial incentive to keep forests standing instead of razing them...

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The Real Modern Pirates? MNCs Beyond the Rule of Law

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 4:10 AM

Recently Somali pirates surfaced as an imminent threat to the safety of cargo ships and seafarers. The U.S. government took firm measures in response: last month Navy Seals daringly rescued Captain Richard Phillips from a bobbing lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, shooting his captors while he stood a few feet...

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For Small Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries, Mobile Phones Can Be Path Out of Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 6:11 PM

At the G20 meeting last month the international community pledged 1.1 trillion to combat the global economic crisis, but the intended beneficiaries of economic development initiatives have a better idea: they're buying mobile phones.

In Fiji, mobile phones now allow any small scale subsistence fisherman with a...

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Dear Governor Palin...

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 4:00 AM

Dear Governor Palin,

During your debate with Senator Biden you said you welcomed the opportunity to speak directly with the American people, "uncensored" by the media. That sounds great. In fact, I'd like to challenge you to a debate: one regular American, me, versus you, the Governor of Alaska.

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The U.S. Farm Bill & the Global Food Crisis

(27) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 4:14 PM

Last week Congress passed a pork laden farm bill that could cost American taxpayers up to $289 billion over five years. At the same time, a global food crisis is deepening. Average prices for wheat, rice, and corn have gone up 41 percent since October 2007. Food riots are rocking...

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