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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

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