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June 8, 2016

Security Alliances
Reforming the U.S. International Military Education and Training Program

The International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, which provides U.S. government funds to members of foreign militaries to take classes at U.S. military facilities, has the potential …

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December 7, 2015

Syria
Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation

Introduction Of all the factors currently tearing the Middle East apart, none is more consequential than the war in Syria.  The war has left some 250,000 Syrians dead, seven million internally dis…

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April 26, 2012

Development
Beating the Resource Curse: Global Governance Strategies for Democracy and Economic Development

Abundant reserves of minerals and petroleum often precipitate a resource curse in countries with weak governance institutions: fostering political corruption, eroding democratic accountability, incit…

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July 11, 2016

Gender
Closing the Gender Gap in Development Financing

A substantial body of evidence confirms that investment in women and girls yields high returns for poverty eradication, economic growth, and sustainable development. However, international and nation…

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June 22, 2016

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And y…

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July 29, 2013

Arms Industries and Trade
A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

The flow of high-powered weaponry from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean exacerbates soaring rates of gun-related violence in the region and undermines U.S. influence in the Wester…

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December 9, 2013

Development
Banking on Growth: U.S. Support for Small and Medium Enterprises in Least-Developed Countries

The United States has made economic development a central tenet of its national security policy, alongside defense and diplomacy. One of the best and most cost-effective avenues for furthering econom…

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January 19, 2012

Homeland Security
Faster, Safer, and Smarter: A Modern Visa System for the United States

Introduction The U.S. visa system is still not effectively focusing resources on those who pose a threat to our country. More than a decade after 9/11, foreign tourists, business travelers, studen…

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November 19, 2015

North Korea
Addressing North Korea’s Nuclear Problem

Since defecting from Six Party negotiations on denuclearization in 2008, North Korea has pursued nuclear development unchecked by international constraints. Barack Obama's administration has demanded…

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April 9, 2015

Afghanistan
Why the United States Should Work With India to Stabilize Afghanistan

The international military presence in Afghanistan has shrunk dramatically, and even with a slower pace of troop withdrawal, the country's security situation has already worsened. Iraq's chaos provid…

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