Sustainable Security

Sustainable security redefines how we think about national security in today's shifting, globalized world. Instead of focusing solely on traditional threats, we also need to help spur greater prosperity, encourage effective international development, and work to protect innocent civilians. Such an approach is good for us and good for others. In short, sustainable security is thinking long term about America and the world.
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Fragile Progress Report
A Nepalese girl gets ready for school as she stands on the entrance to her house in Khokana, on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, in August 2012. (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

Fragile Progress

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.

John Norris, Casey Dunning, Annie Malknecht

Delivering Development After 2015 Report
Large posters of late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi are displayed on one of the streets in Addis Ababa. (AP/Elias Asmare)

Delivering Development After 2015

The conversation on the post-2015 development agenda is shifting from defining goals to financing and implementation, providing both opportunities and challenges as financing negotiations culminate in July 2015.

Molly Elgin-Cossart

What the Millennium Development Goals Have Accomplished Article
A laborer works on a ferry being refurbished at a dockyard in Keraniganj, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

What the Millennium Development Goals Have Accomplished

With just 500 days left before the Millennium Development Goals expire, it is important to acknowledge all that they have spurred the world to achieve.

Annie Malknecht

Africa 2.0: Looking to the Future Article
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, Tuesday, August 5. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Africa 2.0: Looking to the Future

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, focused on investment in the next generation, sets the stage for sustained partnership, and a commitment to regularizing the U.S.-Africa dialogue can help ensure its success.

Molly Elgin-Cossart

What to Watch at the BRICS Summit in Brazil Article
From left, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, India's former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, China's President Xi Jinping, and South African President Jacob Zuma pose for a photo after a BRICS leaders' meeting at the September 2013 G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP/Sergei Karpukhin)

What to Watch at the BRICS Summit in Brazil

The meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa this week highlights the potentially positive role the group could play in revitalizing the global system of partnerships and alliances to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

Molly Elgin-Cossart

Applying Universal Goals to the United States Report
People buy vegetables at a market in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Applying Universal Goals to the United States

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?

John Norris, Molly Elgin-Cossart, Casey Dunning

The Case for Regional Compacts Report

The Case for Regional Compacts

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.

Paul Applegarth, Casey Dunning, John Norris

Is Local Spending Better? Report
A U.S. Marine rests against palates of USAID supplies bound for cyclone-devastated Myanmar at the Utapao Air Force base near the southern city of Rayong, Thailand, Wednesday, May 14, 2008. (AP/Wally Santana)

Is Local Spending Better?

By better defining the rationale behind procurement reform, increasing transparency, and using current mechanisms to expand its partner base, USAID can greatly increase its partnerships with local institutions while also building support for this critical reform within the U.S. development community.

Casey Dunning

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