How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

The prosecution of Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks’ source inside the U.S. Army, will be pulling out all the stops when it calls to the stand a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that assassinated Osama bin Laden. The SEAL (in partial disguise, as his identity is secret)...
Protecting Whistleblowers at the UN

Protecting Whistleblowers at the UN

The United Nations promotes the rule of law around the world, especially in its peacekeeping missions. But while the UN advocates for frameworks through which people, institutions, and nations are held accountable under laws that meet human rights standards, a new...
Congress: Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis

Congress: Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis

When Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis returned from his second tour in Afghanistan, he knew that what he’d witnessed firsthand didn’t match the rosy progress reports that top military officials were giving Congress. What Davis decided to do next could be called...

Nigeria with Nukes

John F. Kennedy essentially bought his way into politics. His father, the wealthy Joseph Kennedy, picked out a nice congressional seat in Massachusetts and basically paid the occupant of the position to step down and run instead for the Boston mayoralty. JFK’s...
Rebuilding Libya

Rebuilding Libya

Muammar Gaddafi’s misuse of governmental instruments and assets for over 42 years has left a gaping political vacuum, a severely impaired civil service, and a virtually non-existent civil society in Libya. Decades of intentional manipulation of state resources...
A Pivotal Moment for World Bank Transparency

A Pivotal Moment for World Bank Transparency

In the fall of 2003, I began writing a book on internal transparency at the World Bank based largely on my personal experiences and observations from working inside the institution. In 2000, along with my colleague David Wheeler, I had launched B-SPAN, a webcasting...
How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable

How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable

As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. In Washington, great power should also require great transparency. The hurriedly passed Budget Control Act raised the nation’s debt ceiling and made some efforts to reduce the deficit. The law also...

From the Frontlines: May 24th, 2010

Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal (full disclosure: also an IPS board member) on the proposed DC budget cuts: “Sure, raising taxes for this reason is in my self-interest. I’m a business owner in this city, and I want more customers to have money to...

From the Frontlines: May 7th, 2010

Deregulation and carcinogens, racial foreclosure gaps, and the Fed audit: today’s news and notes. Might want to reconsider how “microwaveable” your Tupperware is: Nicholas Kristof highlights a new report that shows the connections between industry...

China in Africa: Its (Still) the Governance, Stupid

Deep inside the tropical forest of Gabon, 500 miles from the coast, China is going where no other investors dare. A Chinese consortium, led by the China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation, has won the contract to develop Gabon’s...