Economic Prosperity in Palestine Will Not Achieve Political Stability

by Larry Garber Watching the Bahrain Peace to Prosperity workshop play out during the past week, I was reminded of the day when I arrived in Israel 20 years ago to assume my position as director of the U.S. government’s… Continue Reading  

The Demise of USAID Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza

by Larry Garber Twenty years ago, I was assigned to manage the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) program in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time, the region was awash with optimism. Peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians… Continue Reading  

Churchill on Democracy: Lessons for Today

by Larry Garber Five years ago, during a previous government shutdown, I used my downtime to research one of the most frequently cited quotes about democracy, which I then shared with a small group of friends and colleagues. Given the… Continue Reading  

US: Don’t Abandon Africa’s Fragile Democracies

by Larry Garber Sierra Leone is probably what Donald Trump has in mind when he characterizes Africa as a continent of “shithole” countries. The country is poor, with a per capita income of $1,497 and 60 percent of the population… Continue Reading  

Liberia’s Successful Election and Uncertain Development Future

by Larry Garber The December 26 run-off elections in Liberia surprised many international observers. After a problematic first round and a lengthy post-election dispute process, the election was extremely well administered and peacefully conducted. Despite the challenges posed by poor… Continue Reading