International Affairs

International Development and Trade

The New Development Bank: A Building Block of an Alternative World Order?

Seen as an initiative to restructure international financial structures, the BRICS bank may not necessarily be a stepping stone to further security and strategic institutionalization.

Participatory Budgeting: Increasing the Power of the Taxpayer over Public Expenditures

How effective is participatory budgeting at increasing government accountability and responsiveness in municipalities? Programs in Brazil find that allowing residents to choose preferential projects improves their social welfare and shifts constituent priorities to the forefront of public expenditures.

Solving a Labor Crisis or Exploiting Foreign Tech Workers? The H-1B Visa in Review

While the tech industry claims that H-1B visas help address labor shortages and bring in the best and brightest engineers, data shows that they can drive down wages and indenture migrant workers.

Dividing the Carrot: How Americans Think About Foreign Aid

One study looks at how Americans fare when navigating the complexities of U.S. foreign policy to make informed decisions on foreign aid.

Beyond “soft” issues: The Women’s Caucus of Kosovo speaks up

Ms. Teuta Sahatqija is President of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, comprised of female members of Parliament from all parties promoting...

Ebola’s Devastation: On the Ground in Liberia

Aid worker Nina Goricar gives an eye-witness account of the Ebola quarantine in Monrovia, what’s missing from mainstream media coverage, and the effect of the crisis on Liberia’s basic health care and civic institutions.

Bidding for Fool’s Gold? The Uncertain Benefits of Hosting the World Cup

A recent paper underscores the difficulty of studying the World Cup and does not draw firm conclusions, but finds suggestive evidence that hosting the World Cup could have a negative impact on exports.

No Opposition Party is an Island: Taiwan’s Defense and Domestic Politics

Newly elected DPP Secretary-General and opposition party member Dr. Joseph Wu discusses upcoming elections, mainland China, and Taipei’s defense posture as part of the wider US-Asia/Pacific rebalancing effort.

Into Sub-Saharan Africa: Spillover Effects of China’s Economic Boom Through Trade

China’s domestic investment activities prove as strong stimulus to direct trade expansion for its partners in Africa.

Creating Self-Enforcing Democracy: Fraud, Protest, and the Role of International Observers

The presence of international elections observers may discourage both election fraud and “sore loser” protests.

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