- The Doorstep: Opportunities for a New U.S. Policy Toward African Nations, with Ambassador Charles A. Ray
In this week's Doorstep, hosts Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev are joined by Charles A. Ray, current chair of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Africa Program and former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe. They discuss a Biden-Harris reset of U.S. foreign policy and narratives towards the diverse and dynamic nations of Africa, and opportunities for American companies to invest in tech and consumer markets, especially the growing youth populations across the region.
- Measuring Positive and Negative Peace with the Global Peace Index
If you're running a business you need metrics to succeed, and it's the same with peace, says Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index. The Index provides empirical ways to measure both "negative peace"--the absence of violence and fear of violence--and "positive peace"-- attitudes, institutions, and structures which create and sustain peace.
- The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
Cynics or realists? Just follow five rules and you can be a successful dictator, say Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith--at least until old age or sickness catch up with you. They go on to argue that these precepts apply to all systems of governance, including U.S. democracy.
- The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
Author and journalist Peter Godwin was born and raised in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). In this gripping talk he untangles his country's complex and tragic history, and shows us the arc of President Mugabe's brutal career.
- WikiLeaks: An Overview, Part II
Did WikiLeaks really spark the unrest in Tunisia, as Assange and many pundits claim? No, writes Erik Schechter; but it has certainly influenced politics in another African country--Zimbabwe--where WikiLeaks has been a setback for democratic forces.
- What Are You Reading? Carnegie Council Staff Picks
These recommendations from our staff cover a lot of ground both emotionally and geographically, but they all involve some aspect of ethics and international affairs. Please feel free to add your recommendations.
- Liberation Debt in the New South Africa
Loyalty to the ANC remains strong, despite corruption charges that surrounded presidential candidate Jacob Zuma until recently and cynicism over what the party has been able to deliver. Will the ANC "liberation debt" eventually pay a good governance dividend?
- Diplomatically Quiet on Zimbabwe
Matthew Hennessey interviews Patrick Bond, director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, on post-election unrest in Zimbabwe and the displeasure of South Africans at their government's policy toward Mugabe.
- Market and Community Approaches to Food Crisis
The food crisis has tempted governments to enact export bans and pull other market levers, but helping small-scale farmers might be a better long-term target for food stability.
- Building a Foundation of Trust
China's presence in Africa is often viewed as part of the scramble for resources, but it also opens the door to U.S.-China cooperation on energy, security, corruption, and health.
- Watching the Government Watch You
A growing movement is using the Internet to expose government problems and protect rights and privacy.
- Promised Land in Zimbabwe and Venezuela
Land reform projects are designed to empower the poorest elements of society, but often go awry when implemented for political purposes. The negative impacts on agricultural output and soaring inflation in Zimbabwe and Venezuela highlight the difficulty of making such postcolonial repairs.
- Countries Torn Over Baring Warts in History Texts
This "Education Week" article is about how countries struggle to come to terms with their pasts.
- Todd Moss
Todd Moss is vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.
- Lucille Pilling
Dr. Lucille B. Pilling is a corporate social responsibility strategist with expertise in corporate sustainability and global public health.