Internet Access at 35,000 feet

Beginning this week and over the next few months, many airline carriers in the U.S.

Rule of Law, Peacekeeping, and UN Reform

Good new piece from the Stimson Center.

New Hampshire Smart Power Event

CSIS, with local partners the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, invite you to: How American Can Become A Smarter Power: Does It Matter At Home If They Don't Like Us Abroad? Speech by: Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Humanitarian Response Index

The final report of the DARA Humanitarian Response Index 2007, a tool designed to measure how well humanitarian donors are performing relative to their commitment to good humanitarian donorship principles established in 2003, was recently presented in London with the participation of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, DARA's Director Silvia Hidalgo, and HRI Project Director Augusto L&Atild

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PCR Project Event | Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy

The PCR Project hosted an event, featuring Craig Charney and Rodney Petersen to address recommendations from our report, "Mixed Blessings: U.S. Government Engagement with Religion in Conflict-Prone Settings," released in July 2007.

The session was divided into two parts:

Smart Power Event | International Education

Moderated by PCR Project Co-Director Rick Barton, Carol Bellamy, president and CEO of World Learning, H.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Event | Pakistan

The Carnegie Endowment South Asia Program invites you to attend: Pakistan-Conflicted Ally in the War on Terror In a new Policy Brief, Pakistan-Conflicted Ally in the War on Terror, Ashley Tellis contends that if the United States wants a stronger Pakistani commitment to the "War on Terror," it must first recognize that Pakistan's poor performance cannot be attributed simply to malfeasance by Pakistan's military elite. Tellis argues that Pakistani counterterrorism efforts have been impeded by Islamabad's military ineptitude, Pakistan's political deterioration, a lack of public support for "Washington's war," and the ineffective Afghan government. He says that the majority of Pakistani military officials, despite fears over domestic repercussions and long-term U.S. interests in the region, support operations aimed at defeating terrorism.

The Impact of USAID Funding on Democracy Building

This morning, the CSIS Hills Program on Governance hosted an event titled “The Impact of U.S. Foreign Assistance on Democracy Building, 1990-2004.” By way of background, USAID commissioned a team of researchers (from the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University) to evaluate the impact of USAID’s democracy and governance (DG) assistance programs in countries across the world. In the first phase of the project, the research team found, to the surprise of many, that USAID democracy assistance had a positive effect on countries’ democratic trajectories over time ($10 million of DG assistance translated into a 0.25-point increase in a country’s Freedom House score). In the second phase, which was the focus of this morning’s event, the team sought to confirm the findings of the first phase as well as explore related questions about the effectiveness of aid. Once again, the researchers found a positive correlation between DG assistance and democracy building (this time, $10 million of DG assistance translated into a 0.29-point increase in Freedom House score). In addition, they found that DG aid had the greatest impact in countries with low levels of human development, more ethnic fractionalization, and weak states.

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