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Copenhagen's Class Divisions

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
December 8, 2009 |

It isn’t often that Russians climb in bed with Rwandans. Yet, as the much-hyped United Nations climate summit convenes in Copenhagen this week, 56 world newspapers united against the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. An editorial urging global action to deflect the worst effects of fossil fuel dependence appeared in major news outlets, including ones in Moscow and Kigali—and in 10 other newspapers published from the African continent.

Government 2 People: Direct Cash Transfers Can Bank the Poor

February 4, 2010

Recently, CGAP released their latest focus note on banking the poor through G2P payments. It points out that Governments make payments to 170 million worldwide for social programs or wage payments but less than one quarter of these payments actually helps further financial inclusion. How can we make these direct cash transfers offer other products such as savings accounts, for which there is a high demand and low supply?

What Do Israelis Think about Negotiations, Threats, and Barack Obama?

Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 9:45am

On Thursday, December 10, 2009 the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force hosted an event centered on its new national survey of Israeli public opinion.

Wrong clients, or wrong products? Savings rising to the fore as crucial to microfinance

December 2, 2009

In a CGAP microfinance blog post yesterday, Meritxell Martinez highlighted the recent assertion that microfinance may have little impact on education spending. But she followed up by highlighting three Global Assets Project reports, citing our work as highlighting promising ideas and research in microfinance that could have a beneficial impact on education outcomes.

China’s Bright Future--and Filthy Present

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
September 2, 2009 |

Right now is a great time to be an environmentalist in China--especially if you're a foreigner. The politicians here care, at last, about your issues.

The Great Paradox of China: Green Energy and Black Skies

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
August 18, 2009 |

This month, on the first anniversary of the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing's skies were a hazy gray. Walking down the street, one was left with a tickle in the throat and burning eyes. A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, conducted jointly by Peking University and Oregon State University, found that Beijing's $20 million investment to scrub the skies for the Olympics in fact had little impact on air quality. The U.S.

This, Too, Shall Pass

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2009 |

Indonesia has had an extraordinarily good run. The Islamist terrorist attack that struck two international hotels in the heart of Jakarta won't change that. This was the first successful attack in the country since 2005. That attack followed the spectacular 2002 Bali bombing that killed or maimed hundreds of tourists, thus bringing what had been America's war on terrorism to Southeast Asia. The consensus is that Friday's attack was perpetrated by some of the bedraggled remnants of Jemaah Islamiyah, the local answer to al Qaeda.

Is Asia on the Rise?

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 9:30am

Many of America’s top foreign policy scholars and pundits have predicted, even warned of Asia’s imminent rise as the leading economic power in the world. But writer Minxin Pei begs to differ.

Wanted: A New Home for My Country

  • By
  • Nicholas Schmidle,
  • New America Foundation

One recent evening at the presidential palace in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, around 100 people showed up to watch a movie. Rows of overstuffed chairs in a gaudy combination of stripes and paisleys faced a projection screen hanging on the front wall of what seemed like a grand ballroom. At the back of the hall, journalists erected camera and microphone rigs: Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives’ 41-year-old president, was expected to make a major announcement after the film.

Clinton Addresses North Korea Succession | New York Times

February 19, 2009
“If you’re looking for ways to change the dynamic, there are other ways to do it,” said Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. “Asia is all about face. What she’s done is to create a huge face problem ...
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