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In the mid 1990’s, the war torn, drug ridden and corrupt city of Bogotá, Columbia, was described by its own citizens as a living hell: an anarchy of drive-by shootings, road rage, suicidal pedestrians, pollution, a corrupt police force and a youth destined to criminality. It was ranked as one of the highest risk cities in the world. Tourists were advised not to travel there. Traffic deaths alone, caused by carjackings coupled with a universal disregard for traffic lights abetted by the blind eye of corrupt cops, topped 1,500 a year. 

By Michele Stanners  |  June 30, 2012

Today, 56 percent of the Parliament of Rwanda is made up of women. Some believe this is a consequence of the women left in the population after many men were killed in the genocide. Others attribute it to a cultural view unique to Rwanda. Still others believe it is due to a conscious leadership commitment you have made. What is responsible for this progressive state of gender equality?

Things begin in one’s consciousness and then progress over time to policies. I grew up in the refugee camps of Uganda in the late fifties and early sixties when families survived with nothing but our wits. My mother, and all of the women of the camps, learned to do things they did not know how to do. They guarded our traditions and values. They told us the stories of our country when we were too young to remember it. They never complained.

By Paul Kagame  |  June 30, 2012

As the most recent G20 meeting in Mexico comes to an end, many observers will likely argue that the concrete commitments agreed upon are disappointing. However, the G20 is hardly alone in eliciting dissatisfaction. Though often heralded as a new era of international cooperation, the past decade has experienced somewhat of a bear market in effective global collaboration. The World Trade Organization’s Doha talks remain deadlocked, none of the many attempts to reform the UN Security Council have made much progress, and the global community has made little sustained progress on the major global issues of our time, such as climate change and disarmament.

By Jonas Gahr Store  |  June 30, 2012

On October 22, 1957, a London Times headline declared: “Heavy Fog in Channel – Continent Cut Off.” Britain’s tabloid press displayed similar insularity in early December, 2011 after Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed an effort by the other members of the European Union to amend the Lisbon Treaty.

By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner  |  June 30, 2012

President Ronald Reagan proposed in March 1983 that the US scientific community develop the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles armed with nuclear warheads. He hoped to shift the international security environment away from a balance of terror, which was then commonly referred to as mutual assured destruction, to a more reliable deterrent strategy.

By Peter Huessy  |  June 30, 2012

For over 50 years, a heated debate has raged over developments in Cuba, dealing with everything from ideology, politics, and the economy to independence and sovereignty. Today, transformations taking place on the island have inspired a renewed interest in the country.

By Ricardo Torres Pérez  |  June 30, 2012

 

Over the past twenty years, climate change, advances in offshore drilling and icebreaker technology, rising gas and oil prices, and the end of a Cold War stalemate have brought the Arctic to the attention of leaders in business and politics. The Arctic has increasingly been painted as a zone of dramatic opportunity that is on the cusp of devolving into a dangerous field of competition and avarice. This attitude, which is regularly broadcast in the mainstream news media, is well encapsulated in the ominous titles of a plethora of recent books with titles such as Arctic Gold Rush; Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom; and The Scramble for the Arctic: Ownership, Exploitation, and Conflict in the Far North.

By Philip E. Steinberg, Hannes Gerhardt, Jeremy Tasch  |  June 30, 2012

Harare, Zimbabwe

At Harare’s Bronte Hotel, an elegant old-style colonial mansion, situated just across the road from the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), two species of people frequent the bar, restaurants, and gardens: chatty development-types from abroad, playing the usual ping-pong with poverty, and government-types, some with ominous countenances, all of them donning the same sleek, dark suits.

By Khadija Sharife  |  June 30, 2012

More than ever before, there is much talk and discussion about the state of education in the United States, especially in the primary and secondary levels. Ideologies clash. Americans point their fingers in every direction, to politicians, policies, parents, and even to the voting public. Supposedly, convincing quantitative data brings up the question: are American students falling behind?

By Chazz Valentine  |  June 30, 2012

The United States’ preeminent position as the leading democracy in the world is threatened today by a breakdown in our politics that can be traced back to the 2000 election and the policy failures that occurred in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I have seen this erosion in America’s standing firsthand in my work abroad. For the last 17 years I have worked on campaigns outside of the United States as a political consultant. That work, regarding the way in which American consultants run high-level political campaigns abroad, has been the subject of a study group that I led this fall at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

By Thomas A. (Tad) Devine  |  April 10, 2012