The Future of Europe Depends on This Vote in the Netherlands

The Future of Europe Depends on This Vote in the Netherlands

The future of Europe is being decided this week in the Netherlands. Perhaps you thought that the European Union’s fate would be voted up or down in June, when the United Kingdom holds its referendum on continued membership. The “leave now” constituency in the UK...
Africa’s Success Story

Africa’s Success Story

The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were sitting next to each other at a table during lunch at a conference about Botswana’s economic model. In a quiet voice, she told me that she was a former...

How Sky-High CEO Pay Pollutes Our Planet — and Our Politics

Each year, the leaders of all the world’s nations gather to talk about climate change. Each year, people fighting for climate justice hope these leaders will forge an international agreement to address carbon emissions. Each year, they’ve been disappointed. Our...
Kurdistan: The Next Autocracy?

Kurdistan: The Next Autocracy?

A haze hangs low over the city of Erbil. Automotive exhaust and dry sand envelop the area, forming an opaque mixture that sunshine struggles to penetrate. The capital of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region, Erbil operates as a de-facto independent state, with...
Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Rebellious American colonists once proclaimed that “taxation without representation is tyranny.” A corollary is more significant in the modern world: “government without taxation results in tyranny.” This phenomenon is primarily observed in...
America’s Other Dark Legacy In Iraq

America’s Other Dark Legacy In Iraq

When the United States, the United Kingdom, and the “coalition of the willing” attacked Iraq in March 2003, millions protested around the world. But the war of “shock and awe” was just the beginning. The subsequent occupation of Iraq by the...
Affirming Somali Sovereignty

Affirming Somali Sovereignty

Somalia is, on paper, a sovereign state. But for the past two decades, beset by endless civil strife, secessionism, and regionalism, it has been anything but. The international community has acted as a de-facto caretaker of Somali affairs in the absence of a credible...
Curbing Corruption in Afghanistan

Curbing Corruption in Afghanistan

Governmental corruption is a huge issue in many of the countries that the United States seeks to influence. Afghanistan is only one of the more notable cases in which corruption is rampant. America has put millions into USAID and State Department projects designed to...
Accountability and Insurgency in Afghanistan

Accountability and Insurgency in Afghanistan

Although the war in Afghanistan—with its tally of U.S. combat deaths now exceeding 2,000—has largely faded from the news, it is useful to consider why the conflict is so intractable. Why has a campaign that initially seemed so hopeful resulted in a country...
Mexico’s Movement for Real Democracy

Mexico’s Movement for Real Democracy

“We are the children of the ideals you couldn’t kill.” A young woman carried the hand-lettered sign as she marched with tens of thousands of people in Mexico City last July 22. Twenty-something, with long black hair and jeans, her message captures...
One Weak Domino

One Weak Domino

The stock market keeps going up and down like a yo-yo. I thought you’d like to know why. It’s Greece. Oh, not totally — there are other miscreants involved — but pretty much everyone agrees the Greeks are the first and foremost cause. This is...
Afghanistan’s Corrupt Oligarchy

Afghanistan’s Corrupt Oligarchy

Our national leaders’ rationale for investing so much money and so many boots on the ground in that awful war in Afghanistan was that we’d leave behind a stable, popular government to assure peace and prosperity for all. That was 11 years ago. Now that...