Tag: economic development

Featured article: Enabling Tax Payments: A Novel Approach to Reducing Violence and Poverty in El Salvador by Ann Low Poorly organized governments collect insufficient revenue to pay for police forces and civil administrations whose staff are consistently well trained, highly motivated, and immune from bribery. Inadequate tax collections generate weak institutions and insufficient policing, leading to insecure areas […]

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Featured article: The Economics of Trade and National Security by David A. Anderson In an increasingly globalized world, trade and economic displacement issues, geopolitics and national security concerns has become intertwined creating a multitude of possible friction points between state actors, international financial institutions and trade organizations. Left to their own devises these factors may slow trade and […]

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Featured article: Assessing the Impact of American and Chinese Economic Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa by James Jacobs and Kevin Boldt In 2015, Scientific American published an article which showcased how the continent of Africa is often sized on Mercator maps, in a similar fashion, to the island of Greenland, even though Africa is 14 times larger than […]

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Featured article: A Century of Humiliation: The Power of Economic Warfare by Sam Ku A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on […]

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Featured article: Avoiding a New Berlin Conference: A Framework for U.S.-Chinese Economic Cooperation in West Africa by Kevin Peel, Justin Reddick, John Hoeck and Cynthia Dehne In November 1884, representatives from 14 nations met in Germany to negotiate differences and formalize their colonial aspirations at the Berlin Conference. The result of the conference was to […]

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Featured article: The Reality of the So-Called U.S. Pivot to Asia by Joshua Parker and David A. Anderson Shortly after President Obama took office in 2009, it became clear he wanted to shift U.S. foreign policy focus away from the Middle East to Asia. His immediate goal was withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and gradually bringing an […]

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RAND Corporation recently published a report assessing the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan. The task force was a multi-year endeavor for the U.S. Department of Defense, and sought to use private-sector strategies to create sustainable economies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Task force operations began in Iraq in 2006, and operations began […]

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey recently conducted an interview in which he discussed the importance of a whole-of-government approach to issues facing the U.S. and the world. Dempsey has repeatedly pushed for solutions integrating economic, diplomatic, law enforcement, energy, and military instruments of power during his tenure as […]

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