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Secretary of State Clinton Attends High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

November 30, 2011

Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Busan, South Korea to attend the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. She’ll join about 2000 other representatives of governments, civil society organizations and the private sector to “review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.” The Busan Forum follows earlier fora in Rome (2003), Paris (2005) and Accra (2008), all of which aimed to develop and outline principles for aid effectivness.

Obama's Foreign Policy Doctrine Finally Emerges with 'Offshore Balancing'

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 28, 2011 |

What does America's disastrous bombing of Pakistani soldiers this week have to do with President Obama's much-ballyhooed trip to East Asia last week? Between them, they suggest that the Obama administration may be, finally, edging toward a foreign-policy doctrine.


What's Behind the Furor in Pakistan?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
November 25, 2011 |

Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has set off a political firestorm in Pakistan with his claims that he was brokering an offer from Pakistan's civilian leaders to the Pentagon to unseat the leadership of the Pakistani military.

A Troubled Revolution in Egypt

  • By
  • Katherine Zoepf,
  • New America Foundation
November 22, 2011 |

A decade ago, as a bookish schoolgirl in the southern Egyptian city of Sohag, Samira Ibrahim Mohamed was fascinated by Egyptology and yearned to see the antiquities at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo one day.

But when she finally set foot on the grounds of the landmark pink stone building, on March 9, the museum had been turned into a makeshift torture center. Ms. Mohamed, who had just been arrested by the army during a protest on nearby Tahrir Square, was given electric shocks that she said made her body twitch spasmodically for days afterward.

The Date-Night Debate

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
November 13, 2011 |

My favorite remark in Saturday night’s “commander in chief” debate, in which the Republican presidential candidates answered questions about national security in one-minute sound bites, came from Michele Bachmann. "If you look at China, they don't have food stamps," she said.

Look South, Not East

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
November 11, 2011 |

With Barack Obama's administration pivoting toward Asia and with the U.S. president now off to Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit (and then to Australia and Indonesia), let's remember that the most important trip of his time in office was not east but south. In March, in the midst of the fallout from Japan's tsunami and nuclear meltdown and the brutal escalation in Libya, Obama made an international trip the Western media almost entirely ignored.

‘A’ is for Audit

November 14, 2011
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It’s not often that you’re hanging on every word of an audit, but the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, “Transferring Cash and Assets to the Poor” is quite the page-turner. As meticulously as one could imagine, the UK’s National Audit Office scrutinizes every aspect of DFID’s approach, execution, and follow-up in giving resources directly to people in poverty, which, it hastens to point out, is opposed to “widely prevalent development models.”

What’s amazing is that, under such intense scrutiny, cash transfer programs come out looking less like a fad and more like a mainstay in international development efforts.

UN Vote Adds Little to 20 Years of Failure in Middle East Peace

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
September 19, 2011 |

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's momentous decision to seek statehood at the United Nations has been interpreted in many ways: a bold, decisive move to force Israel's hand and level the playing field in future negotiations; a risky diplomatic gambit that will achieve little in the face of a certain US veto and will fuel tensions in an already volatile environment; a watershed moment in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Mostly, however, the move is an acknowledgement of failure.

Arab Countries Should Step Up To Save Lives in Somalia

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
July 26, 2011 |

Imagine a country with the longest coastline in Africa, bordering some of the busiest sea lanes in the world. Imagine this country has very wealthy neighbours just across the water, and a history of commercial links to faraway places as an old Silk Road trading post. If geography is destiny, then this country is fortunate indeed.

A Friend in Need

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
November 2, 2011 |

On Tuesday last week, Turkey reversed its previous stand and decided to accept aid from Israel to help deal with the tragic earthquake that had stricken the country's east. Shipments of portable housing units began the next day.

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