- Promoting Human Rights in the Developing World, with American Jewish World Service's Robert Bank
Growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robert Bank cared about social injustice from an early age. Today he travels the world for AJWS, working with local activists on a range of issues such as women's rights in India and LGBT rights in Uganda. "My job—very much like a conductor of an orchestra in some way—is to ensure that every instrument has its beautiful voice heard and that this melody is given the opportunity to really soar."
- A Conversation on Statelessness with Kristy A. Belton
There are over 10 million stateless people around the world, says researcher Kristy A. Belton, with, often, limited access to banking, education, health care, and countless other services. What does this situation look like in the Dominican Republic and Haiti? How can civil society and the world's "citizens" help to address this problem?
- Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas and Tech for Helping Refugees
The UN refugee agency is adopting an innovation-centered approach in pursuit of better services, products, and outcomes for displaced populations.
- New Approaches to Humanitarian Migration
Many people cross international borders because their lives have been ruined by an earthquake, flood, drought, or hurricane. But they face a black hole of international law.
- Brazil as an Emerging Environmental Donor
Under the banner of solidarity diplomacy, Brazil is spreading its homegrown development innovations, including biofuel technologies.
- Just Business: Susan Davis on Business Solutions to Fight Poverty
"Although there is no magic bullet, social entrepreneurship unlocks everybody's ability to be a change maker and to participate in the solutions to their own problems," says Susan Davis of BRAC, the world's largest development agency and a microfinance pioneer.
- Interview with Colette Lespinasse on Haiti
Colette Lespinasse discusses pre-existing governance and human rights issues in disaster-stricken Haiti. She addresses the recent earthquake and cholera outbreak, as well as her work with migrants on the Haitian-Dominican border.
- Altered Genes and Their Vendors
The evidence on both sides of the genetic modification debate is inconclusive, but attentive regulation could ensure crop safety in developed and developing countries.
- Rebuilding War-Torn States: The Challenge of Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction
After wars end, what steps should countries take to consolidate peace? Graciana del Castillo identifies five premises that are necessary for war economies to transition into sustainable and productive markets.
- 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.
- Defining Environmental Migrants
As the world attempts to solve the growth in climate migrants and refugees, accurate and legally justifiable definitions will be a crucial first step.
- A Permaculture Strategy for Haiti
Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute discusses how to strategize and deploy sustainable local food production across Haiti as part of earthquake relief and long-term recovery.
- Five Myths of Disaster Relief
As they rush to save lives in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, aid workers also must address myths about disaster relief among the American public. Edward Brown, relief director for World Vision, advises what works and what doesn't.
- American Sugar Policy Leaves a Sour Taste
As evidenced by the minor flap last week over the tariff provision that snuck into the American Clean Energy and Security Act, trade decisions are being actively contested by our political leaders. It's critical to scrutinize the new administration as it quietly gears up its agriculture and trade policies.
- Integrating Security and Development in Haiti
Haiti may serve as a role model for other fragile states if the integration of development with security and state-building can attract international funds.
- In Vitro Meat, a More Humane Treat
As a growing world population demands more calories, new food technologies may help alleviate some of the hunger, cruelty, and environmental problems associated with industrial livestock farming.
- More Loraxes, Less Axes
Deforestation accounts for about 20 percent of global warming emissions, making innovative conservation a key factor in any climate strategy.
- Humanitarian Intervention: An Overview of the Ethical Issues [Abstract]
The capacity to focus on the issues of humanitarian intervention signals the maturation of the field of ethics and international affairs.
- Just War Principles and Economic Sanctions [Abstract]
Pierce challenges the argument that economic sanctions are always morally preferable to the use of military force. He argues that such sanctions inflict suffering and physical harm on noncombatants and that small-scale military operations are sometimes preferable.
- The Collective Enforcement of International Norms Through Economic Sanctions [Abstract]
The UN Security Council adopted sanctions as a means of addressing unrest in Haiti, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and Somalia. Damrosch examines this shift from unilateral to collective enforcement and assesses the moral legitimacy and conclusive results of this policy.