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Crisis in Context

migrants book_alt2 icon Report This report explores the numbers behind the global refugee and internally displaced people crisis and offers practical solutions moving forward, from more effective diplomacy to improved plans for refugee resettlement.

by John Norris and Annie Malknecht | Friday, September 18, 2015

President Obama’s Africa Record: The Hard Road to a Genuine Partnership

Kenya Obama election celebrationOn the cusp of his trip to Africa, how does President Obama’s record on the continent stand up?

by John Norris | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Record of the Millennium Development Goals in States Affected by Conflict, Fragility, and Crisis

View the full dataset here (.xls) John Norris is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Casey Dunning is a senior policy analyst for the Rethinking US Development Policy initiative at the Center for Global Development, or CGD. Annie Malknecht is a Research Associate with the Sustainable Security […]

by John Norris, Casey Dunning, Annie Malknecht | Monday, June 8, 2015

Fragile Progress

A Nepalese girl gets ready for school. book_alt2 icon Report The risk that impoverished populations in fragile and conflict-affected states will be left behind by the United Nations' ambitious development agenda is increasing as member states negotiate the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals.

by John Norris, Casey Dunning, Annie Malknecht | Monday, June 8, 2015

The River That Swallows All Dams

For 60 years, colonialists, engineers, and dictators have tried to tame Africa’s greatest waterway. Welcome to the Congo River, where dreams go to die.

by Charles Kenny and John Norris | Friday, May 8, 2015

Congress, What Is It Good For?

John Norris explores the lack of foreign policy achievements by the 113th Congress.

by John Norris | Monday, September 15, 2014

USAID: A history of US foreign aid

John Norris writes on the history of the U.S. Agency for International Development and how it has influenced American foreign policy.

by John Norris | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Applying Universal Goals to the United States

book_alt2 icon Report One of the most innovative elements of the emerging post-2015 global development agenda is a focus on universality. What would that mean in the United States?

by John Norris, Molly Elgin-Cossart, Casey Dunning | Monday, May 12, 2014

Queen Mary

John Norris writes about Mary McGrory and the lost art of the Washington prima donna.

by John Norris | Thursday, May 1, 2014

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, 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