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A Helping Hand: Stephen Wordsworth and CARA

A Helping Hand: Stephen Wordsworth and CARA

As unrest in Syria slid into a civil war, Stephen and CARA were at the forefront of attempts to help Syrian intellectuals escape the violence so they could one day return to rebuild their country.

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Corruption Never Fades in the Absence of Justice

Corruption Never Fades in the Absence of Justice

When every conflict is taken in terms of good vs. evil, no progress can be made and corruption becomes more of a nuance than a lack of accountability.

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The Realism of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Realism of Aung San Suu Kyi

When oppositions win by significant margin, the tendency is for sweeping changes. The previous regime's leaders are investigated, arrested and prosecuted for corruption. Policies are thrown out the window and new constitutions are drafted. Myanmar has taken a different path.

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The EU is Fostering Progress in Tackling Corruption

The EU is Fostering Progress in Tackling Corruption

Romania’s fight against corruption is showing encouraging signs of progress, but the bitter medicine of reform marks a traumatic period for the country.

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How the Left was Won and Lost

How the Left was Won and Lost

If there is no single truth, lies can become powerful tools in an election.

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Media Freedom and Plurality is Struggling in Central & Eastern Europe

Media Freedom and Plurality is Struggling in Central & Eastern Europe

The European Union must do more to tackle endemic corruption and the lack of media pluralism in central and eastern Europe.

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How to Make a Difference Abroad: A Review of Kate Otto’s “Everyday Ambassador”

How to Make a Difference Abroad: A Review of Kate Otto’s “Everyday Ambassador”

In her new book Everyday Ambassador (Atria Paperback), Kate Otto lays out a program for young people seeking to make a difference.

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Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

Ebola’s Biggest Threat? Fear Mongering

It is an important job of the media to use their best judgement when reporting on every false alarm, sniffle or sneeze that is heard across the globe. The real danger of Ebola is in the panic it can cause, both in West Africa and elsewhere.

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The Mykonos Case: U.S. Federal Bar to Present Historic Awards to German Colleagues

The Mykonos Case: U.S. Federal Bar to Present Historic Awards to German Colleagues

In 1997, after trial proceedings lasting over three years, Berlin’s High Criminal Court convicted four individuals of murdering Iranian dissidents in a Berlin restaurant—and more significantly—explicitly found the murders were ordered at the highest levels of government in Tehran. The historic judgment culminated in an unprecedented diplomatic shift between Iran ...

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February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?

February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?

Photo Credit: www.worldcancerday.org February 4 marks World Cancer Day, a time when the entire global community — regardless of nationality, profession, ethnicity, or any other form of identity — collectively remembers those whom cancer has impacted or claimed. Yet it is also a day when we’ll ...

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Taking stock of democracy

Taking stock of democracy

The struggle to establish and maintain stable democracies continues the world over. As I have said many times before, no one ever said democracy is easy or simple, but it provides the best opportunities for freedom and prosperity (also see Churchill’s view of democracy in my “about the author” script). ...

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Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

The First Drop of Water in a Probable Waterfall: Global expansion of cancer surveillance is an urgent concern that should be prominent on the global health and development agendas, and should be added to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). I’m sanguine that the unprecedented momentum ...

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Democracy’s potential on display in Chile

Democracy’s potential on display in Chile

2013 has been a year fraught with many challenges for democracy. One could circle the globe and find democratic struggles in every corner of it- from Maldives to Thailand, in Egypt and Iran, Venezuela to Burma, and of course the United States (I still shudder when thinking about the October ...

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Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

Photo Credit: Village Earth Press The world just commemorated World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013: the 26th World AIDS Day. As we observed events unfold, from Kuala Lumpur, to London, Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, one common thread was apparent: partnership. If there is to be a common denominator in ...

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The struggle of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

The struggle of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria

For a  large number of refugees fleeing Syria, life in the place they end up is no less a struggle. Many Syrians looking to escape the ravages of war in their home country have made their way to Bulgaria (via Turkey) — the country I now call home. The problem is ...

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