After months of tension, outbreaks of horrific violence, and political concessions, we have witnessed an extraordinary transformation of Ukraine, as the symbolic Maidan Nezalezhnosti—or Independence Square—has transitioned from protest zone to war zone to uneasy political truce.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
From the Director's Chair
By Kath Hicks
Managing Turkey Ties in Tough Times
By Sam Brannen
Moving from Squabbling to Debate: The Opportunity of the FY15 Budget Request
The last time a German President publicly stated Germany should be prepared to defend its interests with military might, he was forced to resign. That is what happened to Horst Koehler in 2010 after he suggested that the German military, the Bundeswehr, may need to be deployed to defend German national interests abroad.
Corruption remains a priority area for both the private sector and development implementers. However, there is no consensus on practical steps to address it on a global level. This issue is especially important in the context of international trade and development as the private sector plays an increasing role in development outcomes.
Africa’s changing economic landscape is prompting a shift in how U.S. policymakers view the continent.
What is International Development Assistance (IDA) and IDA replenishments?
Since 1989, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has conducted an annual survey to identify the current trends as well as future outlook of overseas business operations by Japanese manufacturing companies with an extended record of overseas business.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made news this week when he said that “everyone would be well advised not to push (Trade Promotion Authority, TPA) right now.” Because trade agreements negotiated by the United States practically require TPA to be concluded, Senator Reid’s comments were described as “putting the brakes” on the President’s trade agenda until after the midterm elections in November.
The Brisbane Group of 20 (G20) Leaders Summit in November will provide Australia an opportunity to inject new life into a grouping founded to broaden dialogue on international economic issues.
With most U.S. audiences aware only of the debate over the future legal status of Puerto Rico, many remain unaware of the persistent, grinding recession wracking the Puerto Rican economy—and of the implications of the island’s economic woes for the United States.