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Africa Civil Society International Development

A Model to Implement Sustainable Development in Morocco

In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise, where gifted fortunes of nature such as wide-ranging organic agricultural products come together with dynamic social development frameworks. Moroccan development opportunities could launch the country into a haven for community-managed projects and change in Africa and the Near East.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society International Development

Kindercare in Kazakhstan: How Early Childhood Education Will Achieve Strategy 2050 Goals

Early childhood education (ECE) should be an integral part of Kazakhastan’s Strategy 2050, argues SAIS student Brynn Koeppen. ECE would help prepare students for university and productive careers and allow more mothers to return to the workforce sooner, growing the economy. It would also help close the gap in opportunity between rural and urban areas of the country and contribute to a more cohesive society.

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Civil Society Governance & Law Policy & Politics South America

Venezuela: The Origins and Enduring Legacy of Chavismo – Part II

In this two-part series, author Vincent A. Dueñas explores the possibilities for the continued viability of the Chavista party after the end of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. He asserts that rise of an opposition majority in the Venezuelan legislature in December 2015 resulted in the most concrete protest of President Maduro’s presidency and possibly a rejection of Hugo Chavez’s socialist state legacy.

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Civil Society Governance & Law Policy & Politics South America

Venezuela: The Origins and Enduring Legacy of Chavismo – Part I

In this two-part series, author Vincent A. Dueñas explores the possibilities for the continued viability of the Chavista party after the end of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. He asserts that rise of an opposition majority in the Venezuelan legislature in December 2015 resulted in the most concrete protest of President Maduro’s presidency and possibly a rejection of Hugo Chavez’s socialist state legacy.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society Economics Energy & Environment North America

Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part II

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society Economics Energy & Environment North America

Populism in Retreat? Energy Liberalization and Reform in Mexico and Saudi Arabia – Part I

In this two-part series, authors Seth Clare and Samer Mosis explore how low oil prices spurred energy reforms in Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and provided them with an incidental vaccine to the populist contagion infecting more diversified, developed economies. While such reforms will likely be painful for many in the short-term, they concede that the long-term economic growth these changes will support are well worth their costs.

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Civil Society Europe Governance & Law

Polio Eradication in Ukraine

Author Joniel Cha highlights the details of the recent polio outbreak in Ukraine, and presents key factors explaining Ukraine’s failure to adequately respond and contain it. Cha then suggests policy prescriptions aimed at stopping the outbreak and eradicating poliovirus from Ukraine.

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Civil Society Economics International Development North America South America

Empowering the 99%: Technology Upgrades by Small Businesses Can Boost Productivity and Growth in Latin America

Author Valentin Sierra demonstrates how ICT adoption by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can spur long-term gains in firm productivity, competitiveness, and facilitate economic development in Latin America.

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Civil Society North America Security & Conflict

Countering Jihadism in America: A Policy Review

Author Jason Margaritis surveys the state of counter-extremism policy in the US, specifically examining the “Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the US” (PVE) strategy outlined by the Obama administration in June 2011. Margaritis then examines the limitations and consequences of the strategy.

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Civil Society Economics Europe Middle East

Labor Market Reform in France would Help Ease Muslim – non-Muslim Tension

Author Adam Millsap asserts that the liberalization of labor markets in France and other European countries would address concerns of immigrant assimilation by providing more economic opportunity for immigrants, which would make it easier for them to adjust to their new surroundings. He concludes that labor market liberalization could also provide long-term economic prosperity for all in France.