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In the Wake of Mass Murder

John Norries, a former aid worker, remembers the silence, pain, and foreboding of Rwanda—just after the 1994 genocide.

By John Norris | Monday, April 7, 2014

In Defense of the Handout

John Norris explores whether conditional cash transfers are really the silver bullet to raising countries out of poverty.

By John Norris | Monday, March 24, 2014

Too Young: Helping Child Brides in the Developing World

We need targeted efforts to assist child brides if we hope to break the vicious cycle that treats our daughters as a disposable commodity.

By John Norris | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Case for Regional Compacts

article icon Issue Brief As the Millennium Challenge Corporation approaches its 10-year anniversary, it must explore and implement new aid approaches to stay on the cutting edge of international development best practices. Embracing regional compacts and regional threshold programs would allow the MCC to increase its number of beneficiaries and the sustained impact of its work at little to no additional cost.

By Paul Applegarth, Casey Dunning, and John Norris | Monday, March 17, 2014

The First Time Putin Tried to Invade a Foreign Country

article icon Issue Brief During the Kosovo war in 1999, Vladimir Putin, who was the Russian national security advisor at the time, backed a dangerous plan that almost led to NATO exchanging fire with Russian troops. Here’s what Putin learned from the incident, and what the West probably should have.

By John Norris | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

John Norris writes about how one of the world’s major shipping companies is hindering the fight against world hunger.

By John Norris | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

America Is Not the Grinch

John Norris debunks the myth that the United States is miserly when it comes to helping other nations through foreign aid.

By John Norris | Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Crucible: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Future of USAID

John Norris explores the future role of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and severe budget cuts as a result of the sequester.

By John Norris | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What Lies Beneath: Nazi art, Bosnian graves and Syria's dark secrets.

John Norris writes on the tendency of crimes against humanity to resurface—even decades later.

By John Norris | Thursday, November 7, 2013

How to Balance Safety and Security for America’s Diplomats

Foreign affairs professionals have faced disease, disaster, war, and terrorism over the last 234 years. How secure should today's officers be?

By John Norris | Monday, November 4, 2013

The Clean Plate Club

John Norris writes about the astonishing amount of food the world wastes every year and asks why it's so hard to cut down on leftovers, save the environment, and feed the hungry.

By John Norris | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'Smart power', where development and defence meet

The Department of State, Department of Defense, and USAID need greater co-operation to tackle conflict and poverty in the world.

By John Norris and Annie Malknecht | Friday, October 18, 2013

The Walking Dumb

A small gaggle of thick-headed Republicans could derail the entire global economy for a decade.

By John Norris | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Syrian Disconnect

American citizens are not just hesitant about intervention in Syria but in foreign intervention in any country.

By John Norris | Thursday, September 19, 2013

Make Them Eat Cake

How America is exporting its obesity epidemic.

By John Norris | Tuesday, September 3, 2013