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The Need for “Lawyers Without Borders”

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Amazon Indians in front of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Brasilia, Brazil, protesting the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Lunae Parracho). Amazon Indians in front of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Brasilia, Brazil, protesting the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Lunae Parracho).

Private capital flows through foreign direct investment and portfolio investment now exceed $1 trillion annually. This has deep income, wealth distribution, and human rights effects for people around the world—creating opportunity for many, but leaving some behind. Read more »

New Insights on the Relationship Between Democracy and Wealth

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Protesters in Cairo rally against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, February 22, 2013 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters). Protesters in Cairo rally against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, February 22, 2013 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).

Do the chances of democracy’s success in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, or Myanmar depend on each country’s wealth? And does China’s growing prosperity portend a democratic transition there anytime soon?

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Emerging Voices: Blair Glencorse on Higher Education in Nepal

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Nepalese students protest against the decision made by the meeting of Constitutional Council (CC) on Sunday to recommend President Ram Baran Yadav to appoint Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in Kathmandu, May 7, 2013 (Navesh Chitrakar/Courtesy Reuters). Nepalese students protest against the decision made by the meeting of Constitutional Council (CC) on Sunday to recommend President Ram Baran Yadav to appoint Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in Kathmandu, May 7, 2013 (Navesh Chitrakar/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features regular contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Blair Glencorse, executive director of the Accountability Lab. He analyzes the problems plaguing Nepal’s colleges and universities and argues for higher education as a crucial concern on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Egypt’s Civil Society–and Democratic Transition–on Trial

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo, June 4, 2013 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters). Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo, June 4, 2013 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week an Egyptian court sentenced over three dozen people working for foreign NGOs to prison terms for “receiving illegal funds from abroad and operating unlicensed organizations.” These convictions are not just a sign of a weak and faltering democratic transition. By discouraging the formation of a vigorous civil society, they also strike a fundamental blow to the sustainability of freedom and democracy in Egypt over the long term.

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Boosting Education in Africa

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Pupils in Zimbabwe study outside their classrooms at Courtney Selous Primary School, a government-run school in the capital Harare, February 10, 2010 (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters). Pupils in Zimbabwe study outside their classrooms at Courtney Selous Primary School, a government-run school in the capital Harare, February 10, 2010 (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week on the Ask CFR Experts feature, I took on the question of how Zimbabwe and other African countries can best improve educational quality. Noting that educational failures are often due as much to corruption as to scarce resources, I recommended greater transparency in school expenditures. As I write: Read more »

Governing Natural Resources Wisely

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Handout picture taken onboard drilling rig Aker Barents in the Barents Sea, where Norwegian oil firm Statoil has made a new oil find, Havis, January 9, 2012 (Harald Pettersen/Statoil/Courtesy Reuters). Handout picture taken onboard drilling rig Aker Barents in the Barents Sea, where Norwegian oil firm Statoil has made a new oil find, Havis, January 9, 2012 (Harald Pettersen/Statoil/Courtesy Reuters).

The Revenue Watch Institute has just released its 2013 Resource Governance Index and accompanying report, measuring countries’ transparency and accountability in the governance of oil, gas, and mining on four criteria: legal framework, transparency levels, checks and balances, and the broader governance context. The Index assesses fifty-eight countries—which together produce 85 percent of the world’s oil, 90 percent of diamonds, and 80 percent of copper. Of the fifty-eight countries studied, forty-seven were found to fall short on basic standards of openness and accountability.

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Africa’s Growing Prospects

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A view is seen of the Nigeria stock exchange building in the central business district in Lagos, April 10, 2013 (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters). A view is seen of the Nigeria stock exchange building in the central business district in Lagos, April 10, 2013 (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters).

The African growth story continues as investors pour into Africa. Investment is booming and interest in the continent is surging as capital seeks regions still able to flourish despite the broader global economy’s fight to return to robust—or at least decent—health.

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Human Rights and Access to Legal Representation

by Terra Lawson-Remer
The Arizona-Mexico border fence near Naco, Arizona on March 29, 2013 (Samantha Sais/Courtesy Reuters). The Arizona-Mexico border fence near Naco, Arizona on March 29, 2013 (Samantha Sais/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week a federal judge ruled that mentally disabled immigrants facing deportation have a right to representation in immigration proceedings, and ordered immigration courts in Arizona, California, and Washington to provide legal representation for mentally disabled immigrants if they cannot represent themselves.

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Governance and Growth in the Arab Transitions

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A man waits for tourists to visit his souvenir shop in Carthage, near Tunis, Tunisia February 10, 2013 (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters). A man waits for tourists to visit his souvenir shop in Carthage, near Tunis, Tunisia on February 10, 2013 (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters).

Examining the economic fallout of the Arab uprisings is critical as societies struggle to move past the upheaval and fight for a measure of stability and security. Read more »

Economic Instability, Capital Controls, and Bilateral Investment Treaties

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University, of the U.S., attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 26, 2012 (Christian Hartmann/Courtesy Reuters). Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University, of the U.S., attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 26, 2012 (Christian Hartmann/Courtesy Reuters).

Last night I had the privilege of hosting Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at a roundtable at CFR. His wide-ranging remarks addressed many challenges at the nexus of poverty, inequality, and global economic governance, but one discussion stood out because it echoed and amplified a serious concern I’ve heard raised in a number of other fora over the past few months.

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