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Book Talk: The New Tsar

When Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister in 1999, the question everyone asked was, "Who is Putin?" Remarkably, in 2015, there are those who are still asking the same question. He remains a divisive figure, inside his country and outside, with vociferous critics and equally ardent supporters. Putin's rule has often seemed deliberately inscrutable, but the key to understanding one of the most consequential leaders in the world today lies in his family history, his upbringing, and his rise to absolute power in Russia.

2015-16 State of the Future launch event

Join us for the release of the 2015-16 State of the Future report by Jerome C. Glenn, Elizabeth Florescu, and The Millennium Project Team.

Leveraging the Private Sector to Strengthen Maternal Health

The role of the private sector is expanding in countries with the highest maternal mortality rates. Private providers of maternal health care include individuals such as midwives and physicians as well as businesses such as pharmacies. Often, private health providers are integrated in the communities they serve, making them very accessible to poor populations in countries with over-burdened public health systems.

Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy

Diplomacy is essential to the conduct of foreign policy and international business in the twenty-first century. Yet, few international actors are trained to understand or practice effective diplomacy. Poor diplomacy has contributed to repeated setbacks for the United States and other major powers in the last decade.

Engaging Health Workers in the Global Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation

It is estimated that more than 3 million girls, the majority under 15 years of age, undergo genital mutilation every year. Female genital mutilation (FGM), which comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, is widely practiced in 29 African countries and in some countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers

Trained in both ancient ethics and psychoanalysis, and with twenty years of experience working with the military, Sherman draws on in-depth interviews with servicemen and women to paint a richly textured and compassionate picture of the moral and psychological aftermath of America’s longest wars.

The Systems of Secondary Cities – Neglected Drivers of Urbanizing Economies

Secondary Cities are becoming increasingly interlinked and dependent upon each other to boost trade, investment, and local economic development.  As a result of these changes, a new order or system of cities is emerging.  While much of the attention in international development and academia focuses on the role of mega and primary cities in shaping the new economic geography of development, secondary cities will have a greater influence upon the economic development of nations in the urban millennium.

After the Downgrading, the Crisis Deepens

Less than a year after reelecting president Dilma Rousseff, Brazil finds itself gridlocked in a political and economic crisis without precedent, with no resolution in sight.  A recession more virulent than expected is compounded by the effects of an ongoing federal investigation and prosecution of corruption involving billions of dollars in stolen fraudulent contracts between state oil giant Petrobras, leading construction companies and political parties of the government coalition and beyond.

Russia’s Defense Industry: What Does the Future Hold?

Since 2009, Russia's increase in defense spending and large military modernization program has revived its defense industrial complex. By all appearances, the Russian defense industry is back, producing planes, ships, and a host of new weapon systems for a revamped military. Yet future budget cuts, sanctions, growing competition on the international market, and its own inefficiency and corruption are likely to limit the defense industry’s capacity to deliver on promises. Will Russia be able to overcome these challenges to fulfill its ambitious defense plans?