"Liberty without security is fragile, but security without liberty is oppressive"

By Kalina Leiling
posted on January 29, 2014 in , ,

How big data can solve complex problems in foreign policy

“The fastest way to grow is to come up with a great idea,” said Alec Ross said in a presentation, as a part of the Big Data and Analytics incubator series. Mr. Ross is a former Senior Innovation Advisor for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. He was invited as a Keynote Speaker in order to help future leaders understand the role of big data and innovation in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.


A Perspective on Private Data

By Teka Thomas
posted on December 3, 2013 in ,
Internet companies and government agencies possess a remarkable ability to collect reams of private data and communications. That data has tremendous marketing value to businesses, and intelligence value for governments. People are concerned that the U.S.

The Integration of Church and State in Russian Policy

By William Houstoun
posted on November 19, 2013 in ,
The Russian Orthodox Church serves two distinct functions: first and arguably foremost, the Church is a community for the faithful. Second, the Church has become one of Russia’s largest social and political institutions: between 10 and 14 million Russians consider themselves members of the Church, according to Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Naval War College Nikolas Gvosdev.

Bottom-Up Design: Recovering from Disaster in Bangladesh

By Bryant Renaud
posted on November 10, 2013 in ,

Minhaj Chowdhury is a co-founder of Drinkwell, an organization with the noble goal of eliminating arsenic poisoning in rural Bangladesh. High levels of arsenic in water caused the “largest mass poisoning in history” for more than thirty years in the rural villages of Bangladesh.  Minhaj’s organization is trying to stop the suffering. On October 29th, he spoke to the International Development Discussion Group about his successes and failures in undertaking this ambitious project.


Ongoing Conflict and Prospects for Development in Burma

By Claire Balani
posted on October 14, 2013 in ,

Thoughts from the Second International Development Discussion Group Meeting


Democracy, Twiplomacy and Accountability in Europe

By Gerardo Perfors-Barradas
posted on October 7, 2013 in ,

There is a clear link between the speed and clarity of communications on the one hand and authority and accountability on the other. Before the introduction of mass communications (particularly through the internet), governments communicated in slower, less interactive ways. Political systems have often developed over hundreds of years and changes such as social media are not even ten years old.