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President Obama and his development legacy

John Norris discusses the legacy of the Obama administration and the challenges for the next president.

by John Norris | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

President Bush and his development legacy

Author John Norris discusses the development legacy—the successes and the failures—of President George W. Bush's administration.

by John Norris | Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Better Approach to Fragile States

migrant child book_alt2 icon Report CAP argues for a new strategy to shrink the number of fragile states by creating a new mechanism called Inclusion, Growth, and Peace Compacts.

by John Norris | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The U.N.’s World Humanitarian Summit Is a Total Mess

John Norris argues why the world urgently needs a new aid architecture to grapple with a massive, global refugee crisis.

by John Norris | Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Critical Year for Humanitarianism

Ban ki-moon article icon Issue Brief The international community is making a major push in 2016 to bring reforms to a global humanitarian system stretched close to the breaking point.

by John Norris and Carolyn Kenney | Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The woman who challenged Nixon: The Watergate story that transcends Woodward and Bernstein

In an excerpt from his book, John Norris writes about journalist Mary McGrory.

by John Norris | Sunday, October 4, 2015

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