Narcissus on the World Stage

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by Diana Ohlbaum Narcissus? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t want to talk about Trump any more. Frankly, I don’t even want to hear about Trump any more. My outrage meter is broken. I’m talking… Continue Reading  

State Department Reform: How to Avoid a Train Wreck

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by Diana Ohlbaum If nothing else, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems determined to retool the mechanics of the State Department, a process he calls “redesign. There’s a full head of steam behind reform efforts, with more than 60 reports… Continue Reading  

Loving USAID to Death

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by Diana Ohlbaum For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning. A discussion… Continue Reading  

And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On!

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by Diana Ohlbaum Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a… Continue Reading  

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening

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by Diana Ohlbaum There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them. For starters, the system works, even if it’s not particularly efficient, or popular with the public. It can be enhanced with… Continue Reading