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Googling Change

02.02.2006
The big news in the technology pages these days is, surprisingly, not about Steve Jobs' newest toy.  Instead, folks are getting steamed up about Google's recent decision to acquiesce to local regulations concerning censorship when starting up its new search engine in China.  Google will also refra...

Palestinian Elections: Revisiting the “Chicken vs. Egg” Conundrum

02.02.2006
Recently, National Public Radio conducted an interview with Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The interview was ostensibly about possible outcomes from the recent elections in the Palestinian territories, and thus it adds some additional perspectives to a previous thr...

The role of the media in MENA reform

02.02.2006
An independent and pluralistic media is a central pillar of democracy. The role of the media in a democratic society is one that informs the public, enhances political participation, and acts as a government watchdog. The media in the Middle East North Africa region is not able to fully perform th...

Who Makes People Poor?

02.01.2006
Making people poor is not an easy task, and governments have to work hard to do it.  Ronald Bailey explores this issue in more detail in his piece on "Economics of Ruin 101" that appears in The African Executive, a weekly magazine published by CIPE's partner the Inter-Region Economic Network (I...

What is there to argue about?

01.31.2006
Last Friday (January 27), NPR broadcast a piece about a new study, Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, which purports to show that emerging democracies are more likely than other countries to become involved in wars.  The study, authored by Professors Edward Mansfield of the Un...

Components of Progress

01.30.2006
In this op-ed, Marifeli Perez-Stable of the Inter-American Dialogue links markets, democracies, and progress in a very simple equation - "Democracy+Market Economy=Progress."  Despite strong anti-market sentiments in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela, it seems that many other countries in the re...

Economic Implications of Palestinian Elections

01.27.2006
Palestinian elections have been making the headlines for the past few days – with most stories focusing on the political consequences of the results.  Not too many people at this point, however, are talking about the economic implications of this week’s elections – yet the econom...

Free-Market NGOs

01.26.2006
I got this one from the Globalisation Institute's blog: Hilary Benn, the UK's International Development Secretary, used a speech yesterday evening to attack the anti-capitalism embedded in some of the left-wing NGOs. He said: The Make Poverty History and other campaigns last year focused on more an...

Opening Up The Economy…In India

01.25.2006
India continues to take the necessary step to integrate into the global economy.  The latest move is liberalization of the retail market to allow foreign investors to open their own retail outlets.  Although not all restrictions are being lifted at this point and some pre-conditions remain in plac...

Can We Afford to Stop Funding Reconstruction in Iraq?

01.25.2006
Plenty has been said recently about the likelihood of the U.S. not providing further funding for reconstruction in Iraq.  Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post articles offer insights into the rationale involved in doing so.  Most of the arguments used to justify this position emphasize the...
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