The Return of Microfinance Institutions

Once the golden child of international development — thanks to the success of Mohammed Yunus’ Grameen Bank and similar operations — microfinance has suffered a serious blow to its reputation over the past decade. As microfinance-mania swept across the developing world during the 1990s and 2000s...

Conflict in Kashmir Nears 66th Anniversary

While the world anxiously watches the violence continuing to unfold in Syria’s civil war, it is sometimes easy to forget that unresolved long-term conflicts persist in other parts of the world. Residents of Kashmir, a region that has been torn between India and Pakistan since 1947... 

Obama Forges Closer Ties with Latin America

As the Obama administration pushes ahead into its second term, its foreign policy priorities are markedly shifting. A pivot to Asia is well underway, focusing on building trade relationships with the region’s growing economies and addressing security issues raised by a more powerful China...

Ethnic Conflict In Myanmar: The Hidden Price Of Liberalization

For a country ruled by the iron fist of brutal military regimes for 50 years, Myanmar’s recent democratic opening has been as rapid as it was unexpected. Now, as political and economic liberalization continue to benefit the nation’s beleaguered citizens, the government needs to address the ethnic divisions that threaten the country’s future...

Embracing Agricultural Development in Africa

In a May 28 address to leaders at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) annual meeting, Rwandan President Paul Kagame singled out agriculture as a key sector to support Africa’s ongoing economic transformation. Speaking in Marrakech, Morroco, Kagame argued that the continent must embrace “green growth”...

Cuban Economy Continues To Open, But The Changes Will Come Gradually

Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys lay a beautiful and diverse tropical island, the largest and most populous of the Caribbean — and one that surprisingly few Americans have ever visited. While thousands of impoverished Cubans set sail on boats and makeshift rafts for the United States each year...