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Banks for the World: Funding Global Growth and Meeting Private Sector Challenges

The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank (BRICS Bank) has led to much debate about the shift in economic leadership in emerging markets. But are the newly created international financial institutions simply reinventing the wheel and trying to emulate structures that already exist? Or can they lead to a revolution in development assistance and the relationship between donor and client nations?

Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

Historians of slave emancipation during the Civil War must answer the question that W.E.B. Dubois posed eighty ago: “Can we imagine this spectacular revolution?” In his new book, Beyond Freedom’s Reach, Adam Rothman rises to the challenge by telling the story of Rose Herera, an enslaved woman in New Orleans whose children were taken to Cuba against her will in 1863. Her struggle to recover the children from bondage reveals the revolutionary dynamics of wartime emancipation, as well as the possibilities of microhistory for imagining the past.

Israel in a Dynamic and Changing Region: A Conversation with Ambassador Michael Oren


Ambassador Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and current member of the Knesset, shared his analysis of Israel’s role in the Middle East.

A Conversation with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgia is Europe's gateway between the East and the West. It lies at the heart of a region rapidly changing—Russia, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia. An aspirant to EU and NATO, Georgia’s soldiers have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as America’s allies. Its democracy has developed against the odds in a neighborhood where power is often exercised without popular consent. How will the strategic realignments underway in Eurasia affect Georgia? Is Georgia’s embrace of the West enduring, and what path links Georgia’s future to Europe and America?

A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War

World War One was a hugely transformative event in Europe and the Middle East. Fawaz argues, however, that in the Middle Eastern theatres of the war in particular many people did not see this war as a “great” war at the time. Average people were consumed with their own survival; they saw the war through their own local or regional lenses. Yet the profound misery people endured on an individual level has affected broader political views to this day, coloring relationships between east and west and fomenting current political movements.

A Conversation with Her Excellency Retno L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo swept to power in 2014 on a wave of popular support based on his promises for bold change. As leader of the world’s fourth largest country, third largest democracy, and largest Muslim-majority state, President Jokowi’s foreign policy agenda is of great importance not only to Asia, but the global community as well.

Belarus Before Elections

As Belarus heads towards presidential elections in October, the NGO Pact, with the assistance of USAID, brought a delegation of Belarusian civic activists and policy analysts to Washington, DC. They gave a briefing on trends in the politics, economy, and civil society of Belarus and discussed the post-election prognosis. Although political leadership is unlikely to change, the domestic and international implications of the Ukraine crisis are changing Belarus' trajectory. 

Canada's Federal Elections: Issues, Projections, and Implications for Hemispheric Relations

With the upcoming Canadian elections approaching, the Canada Institute co-hosted an event with Canadian Council for the Americas and Council of the Americas to give Canadian and US stakeholders insights into the federal election. Panelists Nik Nanos gave a twenty minute discussion of the most up to date polling data, and explained the trend of conservative growth in numbers over the past few days.