Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

March 10, 2020

Almost five years ago, all member states of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. This agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on global challenges such as poverty, urbanization and climate action, all featuring targets and indicators to measure...

Stretching Sustainable Development Funds

May 05, 2018

The IFC deploys a novel approach to boost private sector development in emerging nations for maximum impact. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organization of the World Bank, is making a big push in the Asia-Pacific region. The IFC provides financing, advisory and other...

What Needs to Be Done to Make Africa Politically Stable

January 06, 2018

Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest.  Levels of armed conflict flux and wane. In 2017, levels of high fatality violence in Africa were significantly lower than during the immediate post-Cold War period. This trend has occurred in spite of the recent...

Women and Water in Morocco: Foggy Prospects

May 02, 2017

Fog harvesting provides an alternative source of drinking water in places that are cloud abundant and infrastructure poor. In 2006, the Dar Si Hmad Foundation and the University of La Laguna began investigating the viability of obtaining drinking water from fog in southwest Morocco. Researchers...

The Voices of the World

March 07, 2017

Training young minds to create a new global discourse that is diverse, deep and meaningful is the crying need of the hour. Climate change is a challenge facing the entire planet. Yet different countries have different perspectives even when they agree on the enormity of the challenge. The...

Looking for Water in Rwanda

February 21, 2017

China Blocks UN Listing of Pakistani Terrorist

February 13, 2017

With Pakistan, China risks allowing militancy to fester in a country where militancy is not confined to small groups. China, at the behest of Pakistan, has prevented the United Nations (UN) from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated terrorist. Beijing’s protection...

Trump Upends US Foreign Policy… And He’s Not Even Sworn In

January 05, 2017

The one foreign policy arena where Trump’s post-election moves are arousing bipartisan political resistance in Washington is Russia. Never has a president-elect so roiled American foreign policy before even taking office. On a dizzying range of fronts—Russia, China, Europe, the Middle...

Now is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine

December 27, 2016

Just as he established diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama should do the same with Palestine. I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation, which is that President Barack Obama should recognize Palestine before he leaves office. For different but related...

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