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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 & 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

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

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