- Of Moonshots and Slingshots
Only if policy people and technologists work together better will we change the world in ways that are congruent with our most critical human needs and planetary risks.
- Innovating Aid
Neha Bhat talks with innovators in humanitarian and development aid about new and efficient solutions to the crises of our time.
- Peace Pays for Itself
The global economic impact of violence in 2012 was estimated to be $9.5 trillion. Governments need a way to account for and recuperate these unproductive expenditures.
- 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.
- As Asia Waltzes Forward on Two Right Feet, America Fixates on the Middle East
The United States can be effective in its pivot toward Asia by using its influence to help resolve territorial disputes and defuse the rightward lurch in China and Japan.
- 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.
- The Art of Inconclusiveness
The new film ANPO: Art X War tells the story of U.S.-Japan relations through the lives of artists who were influenced by the 1960s protest movement.
- Science Diplomacy in South Asia
The United States should play a more active role in building trust between India and Pakistan around nonpolitical issues such as science and sustainability.
- 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.
- Simulating Environmental Diplomacy
Incorporating environmental issues in conflict resolution may have positive psychological effects on the willingness of parties to cooperate.
- 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 Future of Capitalism and Danger of Returning to Business as Usual
When it comes to making sense of international finance and economics, the era of so-called scientific certainties is over. To address the structural challenges the world faces now, we need to explore the feasibility of global public policy.
- Developing a Reconciliation Indicator
A composite indicator is needed to substantiate the impact of community-led reconciliation processes and to better target sustainable development aid in post-conflict zones.
- 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?
- Discard the Top-down Strategy in Somalia
Instead of repeatedly trying to foist a Western style top-down state structure on a deeply decentralized society, the international community should work with Somalia's long-standing traditional institutions to build a bottom-up government.
- United States Experiments with African Command
Was it auspicious timing or a bad omen that Somali pirates hijacked a Ukrainian arms shipment the day before the U.S. military launched AFRICOM, a new interagency effort combining diplomacy, development, and defense?
- Laws Gone Wild in Ecuador
Ecuador is the first country to constitutionally enact ecosystem rights, expanding the mandate of environmental protection beyond personal injury and corporate license to pollute.
- Peace Breaks Out in the Taiwan Strait
While the world's attention is focused on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia, a little-observed positive trend is taking place on the other side of the world: Peace has broken out in the Taiwan Strait.
- Kung Fu Peace-building
Government and NGO efforts have helped to rehabilitate East Timor's martial arts youth gangs in the wake of election violence and the 2006 riots.