- U.S. Free Trade Agreement Won't Benefit Colombia
The now-official U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement will dampen growth and make it harder for Colombia to put in place policies for innovation and industrialization, writes Kevin Gallagher. Colombia will also have fewer tools to confront financial instability.
- An Opportunity in Myanmar
Myanmar is ripe for social and economic innovation. A decent work and social protection agenda, combined with an industrial strategy, would help during its political transition.
- New Reproductive Technologies Are Not a Panacea
Investing in the future of women would have been more expensive than providing methods for reducing their numbers, and it would have taken longer to yield results, but it would have been a good in itself.
- Mining a Grave Concern in Guatemala's Election
Strong natural resource management is essential for a young democracy, yet Guatemala's human rights advocates face death threats after a failed presidential debate on mining.
- Legislating Transparency in the Extractive Sector
The SEC has an opportunity to demonstrate that the United States takes transparency and accountability seriously and intends to act as a global leader in fostering secure, equitable, long-term resource partnerships with developing nations.
- Valid Solutions for Malnutrition
Health and nutrition pioneer Steve Collins is building a social enterprise to battle severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic foods grown and manufactured in the developing world.
- Obama's Tricky Trip to El Salvador
Coming into office, Obama seemed to be in tune with Latin America in terms of economic policy, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations indicate an about-face.
- Better Safe than Sorry
Corporate executives should never have to apologize for violations when they can instead build global opportunities by advancing human rights.
- Is Famine the New Norm?
If we truly consider world hunger an abomination, and not merely an investment opportunity, big changes need to be made in food policy.
- Digital Rations
Internet access is politicized in Castro's Cuba and critical expression suppressed, but as technological savvy increases on the island many are able to connect through unofficial means.
- Welcome to the Urban Revolution
We must become masters of a sustainable, just, and ecological urbanism writes Jeb Brugmann in his analysis of how the advantages of urban settlement are changing our societies and the face of the Earth.
- Reconstituting Nepal
Successful state-building in Nepal may require the state to compromise in the short term with the morally arbitrary entities that provide services in the villages and districts.
- A Chance to Dream
The Shanti Bhavan school helped erase my illiteracy through an education not confined to the pages of a textbook; an education demanding open-mindedness; an education not tainted by prejudices based on gender or caste.
- Diversifying Diplomacy
Independent Diplomat's goal of giving diplomatic assistance on a not-for-profit basis fills a niche in international politics and may broaden the understanding of diplomacy in the context of globalization.
- Brain Scan Lie Detection
Brain scan data can be powerfully persuasive, but has the science behind it progressed far enough to warrant its use in the courtroom?
- Migrant Detention Leads to Harm
Detention is costly in economic and human terms. If EU states wish to sustain their migration management policies, they will have to rely more on non-custodial alternatives.
- Pragmatic Overdose
The Obama administration is trying to redefine and energize U.S. global development policy, but so far their vision lacks creativity and clear ethics.
- Afghan Women: Artfully Unforgotten
Afghan women are the last ones to see themselves as merely victims. The creative nonprofit Artfully Unforgotten helps tell their stories of resilience through artistic media.
- The Fate of the Paperless
Detention centers are on the rise as a means to control illegal immigration, while reports of human rights abuse and rising financial costs call into question their effectiveness.
- Organ and Human Trafficking Intersect
An international framework for ethical organ transplantation could enable countries to coordinate shared information and interdiction strategies for curbing the illegal transplant tourism market.