Big Data, Bigger Politics

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Politics and Society
The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a former US Senator and UN Ambassador, once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." I would like to amend that to say ... Read More »

Reflections on the Use of Randomized Control Trials in Development

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Global Development
Proponents of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs), like The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT and Yale Economics Professor Dean Karlan of ... Read More »

Does Aid Work? Is That the Right Question?

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Global Development
With traditional donor countries in North America and Western Europe facing budget constraints, the debate over the effectiveness of aid is likely to continue. Before this issue is debated, practitioners and academics ... Read More »

How To Become A Foreign Service Officer

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Diplomacy, Professional/Career Development
Protect and serve? Turns out you don’t have to be a police officer or even a soldier to do just that. Foreign Services Office jobs (which can be in consular, economic, management, political, or public diplomacy ... Read More »

Mobile Money in Afghanistan -- An Uphill Battle

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Economics and Finance, Global Development, Politics and Society
Since 2008, the Afghan mobile phone provider, Roshan, has worked to bring mobile money services to Afghanistan.  ... Read More »

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

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Leadership, Politics and Society, Security/Intelligence
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. ... Read More »

The East’s Dilemma: The Power of Persuasion and the Importance of Influence

Posted on [created] by c.alexandropoulos in Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, Security/Intelligence
Russian president Vladimir Putin once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’ ... Read More »

A Perspective on Private Data

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Politics and Society, Security/Intelligence
Internet companies and government agencies possess a remarkable ability to collect reams of private data and communications. That  ... Read More »

The Integration of Church and State in Russian Policy

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Grand Strategy, Politics and Society
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 ... Read More »

YPFP and the Boren Forum Host First Partnership Series on U.S. Intelligence

Posted on [created] by Blog Manager in Professional/Career Development, Security/Intelligence
For three consecutive Mondays in August -- when most of Washington has fled the city for more temperate locales -- a group of 25 members of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and the Boren Forum gathered in ... Read More »