Issues / Democracy & Governance

Ruled by a series of harsh military regimes since 1962, Burma serves as a test case for U.S. policy on several fronts: human rights; a growing worldwide heroin epidemic; the role of U.S. state and local governments in relation to international trade policy and practice; forced labor, international labor standards, and the new prominence of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the era of globalization; and the role of multinational corporations in supporting dictatorships.
United Nations peacekeeping is yet again at a crossroads: it may finally succeed in establishing itself as the preeminent force for conflict prevention and peace, or it could continue operating with a severe mismatch of mandates and resources.

East Timor

Since Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor in 1975, the U.S. has supplied the Indonesian army with more than $1 billion in arms.

G8 and Global Governance

The G8/G7, a self-constituted forum of the major free-market democracies, has situated itself at the center of global governance.

Women & Development Aid

Over the past 30 years, study after study by academics, development practitioners, and international agencies has demonstrated the seemingly self-evident fact that women are equal to men, and sometimes surpass men, in contributing to social and economic development.
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