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The Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Post-2015 Development Agenda was announced last night (Friday 31 May). A 27-member panel – co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom – has developed the next phase of UN development. But is all the hype and anticipation surrounding …

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The micro-impact of microcredit

In discussions of international development, microcredit is viewed as a silver bullet. It ticks all the right boxes – microcredit keeps money in the communities, it empowers individuals to create their own income and become independent of handouts, and it places women at the forefront of the development agenda. The benefits of microcredit are often …

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Should Libya be admissible to the ICC?

The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 with the underlying function of punishing the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. The ICC is designed to end impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The ICC is investigating situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, …

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The Millennium Development Goals: Two years to go, can we get there?

The foundation and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 gave hope to developing nations collapsing under the burden of poverty. The MDGs provided a framework and direction to address widespread development issues. Garnering international support, the MDGs generated excitement about the prospects for the 21st century. Both developed and developing states committed …

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Sovereignty Defined

Despite frequent predictions of its demise, and criticisms of inherent inadequacies, sovereignty remains a fundamental feature of statehood and the preeminent organisational mechanism of the modern international system. Recent decades have seen a slew of national independence movements and former colonies striving for sovereign statehood, with almost two hundred sovereign states spanning the globe today. …

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Romney’s five-point plan and five places he could have put it (you know, had he won)

 American fiscal sentiment is often overly rich-averse, but Mittens was still dreaming In the past election, you may have been the 47-percent of America that the Republican candidate did not care about. Or, alternatively, a contributor of the over 40-percent of American wealth that is contributed by just one percent of its earners. The Economist …