The political and economic dysfunction known as the “oil curse” is a complex, structural phenomenon, caused largely by poor management or investment of oil revenues by the governments of oil-producing countries.
The nature of today’s global politics calls for democratic renewal—and this renewal must look beyond the standard practices of Western democracy.
While Washington’s reliance on existing aid systems and structures is administratively and politically convenient, it reduces strategic effectiveness and undercuts long-term development efforts.
Effective reform efforts require planning for and measuring change that is nonlinear and nonincremental. Complexity, or systems, theory offers insights for improving program design and evaluation.
Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world.
Corruption is a cause—not a result—of global instability.
In fifteen years, Lagos has gone from being a symbol of urban disorder to a widely cited example of effective African governance.
Democracy aid has arrived not at a crisis, but at a crossroads, defined by two very different possible paths forward.
Acute government corruption impacts many of the West’s security priorities, but its effects are often overlooked.
After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights now faces a serious challenge.
The overdue recognition that development in all sectors is an inherently political process is driving international aid providers to try to learn how to think and act politically.
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