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414 Commentary found for the year 2013

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Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

Monday, 30 December 2013

 

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Africa's Powerhouse

Monday, 30 December 2013


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Putin's Knack for Surprise

Saturday, 21 December 2013


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Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?

Friday, 20 December 2013


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Is Scrooge Happy?—Reflections on Subjective Wellbeing in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Friday, 20 December 2013

“He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness.” So wrote Dickens about Scrooge’s stroll on Christmas morning. He invites us to appreciate his rejuvenated state of mind, but can we really understand what makes people happy? Since Easterlin described his eponymous paradox in 1974 economists have tried to. So what can ' Christmas Carol' teach us about the science of happiness?

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Misunderestimating Corruption

Thursday, 19 December 2013


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Votes, Hopes, and Missing Faces

Thursday, 19 December 2013


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Too Much of a Good Thing

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


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The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


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Four Keys to Thinking About the Future

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

In an article for the Harvard Business Review, former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, shares his ideas on strategies for forecasting.

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The Police Are Dogs

Monday, 16 December 2013


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Heroes of the Maidan

Monday, 16 December 2013


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The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections

Monday, 16 December 2013


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The Fight for the Maidan

Friday, 13 December 2013


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Victory Day in Bangladesh—A Chance to Reflect Upon Prosperity in South Asia

Friday, 13 December 2013

16 December marks the annual Victory Day celebrations in Bangladesh. Victory Day commemorates the end of the Bangladesh Liberation War and the official secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh. The conflict has drawn media attention recently with the execution of Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah. However, it is worth looking beyond this event to take a look at the current state of the three countries involved in the historical conflict. To this end Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are examined through the lens of the 2013 'Legatum Prosperity Index™'.

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Parliamentary Elections in Mali—Is There a Link Between Low Turnout and Lack of Democratic Accountability?

Friday, 13 December 2013

Mali is only slowly emerging from a conflict triggered in May 2012 when former president Amadou Toumani Touré was overthrown by a military coup. Since then and after more than one year of fighting, the government and the Tuareg rebels signed a peace agreement in June 2013. However, in September the rebels suspended their participation in the agreement after accusing the government of not respecting its commitments. 

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A Cambodian Awakening

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


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The Heretical Pope Francis vs. Rush Limbaugh

Saturday, 7 December 2013


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Mandela’s Death Marks a Time of Reckoning for South Africa’s ANC

Saturday, 7 December 2013

The sudden focus on Mandela's life casts South Africa’s current leaders in an unflattering light, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post).

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The Ukrainian President's Big Broken Promise

Friday, 6 December 2013


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The Security and Peace Summit and Why the Outcomes Are Crucial

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Summit on Security and Peace organised by President Hollande on 6 December in Paris will feature around forty African heads of state as well as international organisations such as the UN and the World Bank. Discussion about who will be attending and who will be absent from the Summit has been prevalent in particular in the French media. 

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The Grassroots Are Growing

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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The Curse of Low Expectations

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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Ceasefire Capitalism

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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Drafting Discord

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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A Deeper Shade of Orange

Thursday, 5 December 2013


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The Basket Case

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


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Rebels, Inc.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


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Germany’s Progress: Is It Only Due to Economic Factors?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Given the country’s rapid recovery from the financial crisis, Germany has often been portrayed as the economic leader of the Eurozone region. This has, however, not always been interpreted as positive: the European Commission has begun an in-depth inquiry to assess if Germany’s large current account surplus of 8%—above the Commission’s 6% threshold—is harmful for the Eurozone and the world economy as a whole.

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The Legatum Prosperity Index and the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index: What Can We Learn From Them?

Friday, 29 November 2013

Late last month saw the launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™. As part of the launch, the Legatum Institute was fortunate to host a raft of interesting speakers, including Professor Erkko Autio of Imperial College London Business School, who participated in a debate on technology and entrepreneurship. Professor Autio, along with Zoltán J. Ács of George Mason University and László Szerb of the University of Pécs produce the annual Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).

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Do Dolphins Have Names? Do Elephants Have a Soul?

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Based on a recent article in the New Atlantic magazine, former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin explores research behind the way animals communicate with each other and makes the case for humility in the face of the many things we don’t yet know or understand about nature (Huffington Post)

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In Ukraine, Rule of Law is the Loser

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Vladimir Putin cowed the Ukrainian government with sticks and carrots the EU can’t match, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, in her Washington Post column.

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The Listener-In-Chief

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


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Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


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Ukraine's Hostage Crisis

Monday, 25 November 2013


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In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Monday, 25 November 2013


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A Strange Kind of Victory

Thursday, 21 November 2013


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Why the Carrot Isn't Working, Either

Thursday, 21 November 2013


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In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Tuesday, 19 November 2013


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The People of the Pit

Monday, 18 November 2013


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Does the World Need a Vatican Spring?

Saturday, 16 November 2013


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Aid After Typhoon in Philippines Shows the Politics of Generosity

Thursday, 14 November 2013

For all of its faults, no one comes to the world’s aid like the United States, writes the Legtatum Institute's Director of Transitions Forum Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column

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Plots and Plans

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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Maksim's Warriors

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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Vote of the Living Dead

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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The Changemakers

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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John Tavener, 1944-2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin pays tribute to one of the UK's finest composers of the last half century (The Weekly Standard).

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The Town with No Tomorrow

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


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The LGBT Global Values Gap

Friday, 8 November 2013


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Doing Away with Et Cetera

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


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Cold Comfort

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


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On the Edge of Siberia's Dark Blue Heart

Monday, 4 November 2013


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The Dissident's Toolkit

Monday, 4 November 2013


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Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

Thursday, 31 October 2013


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Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists

Thursday, 31 October 2013


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Slip Sliding Away: What US Decline Means for the World

Thursday, 31 October 2013

This year's Legatum Prosperity Index found the United States slipping. Again. It's not good news for Americans, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post)

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2013 Legatum Prosperity Index - Media Coverage

Thursday, 31 October 2013

The launch of the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index attracted media coverage from around the globe. A snapshot of the key highlights is available here.

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Spying for the Sake of Spying

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Why did the NSA tap Angela Merkel’s cellphone? Because it could. And that isn't reason enough, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, in her Washington Post column.

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Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The sands are shifting when it comes to countries’ success beyond GDP, writes Legatum Prosperity Index Programme Director, Nathan Gamester (Harvard Business Review).

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Development’s Democratic Drivers

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

While there is no one-size-fits-all recipe for prosperity, it is apparent that establishing well-managed systems guided by democratic principles is a particularly effective route to progress, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Project Syndicate)

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Georgia's Surprising New Normal

Saturday, 26 October 2013


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Not Exactly the Land of Smiles

Saturday, 26 October 2013


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Tycoon Warning

Friday, 25 October 2013


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The Confidence Trap

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


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Redrawing the Map for Democracy

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


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The Long March North

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


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The Race War in Russia's Capital

Friday, 18 October 2013


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So What About the Other 364 Days a Year?

Thursday, 17 October 2013


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Iran’s Spots Haven’t Changed, Whatever It Tells Negotiators

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

It’s fine to hold nuclear talks with Tehran. But we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that Iran has changed its ways, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post).

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Peer Pressure

Monday, 14 October 2013


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Africa's Phoenix

Friday, 11 October 2013



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The Ferocious Pirates of Greenpeace

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


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What My Daughter Deserves

Thursday, 3 October 2013


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The GOP Endangers Democracy

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Aspiring democracies look to the US as a role model, but the shutdown makes it look silly, writes Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column

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Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Simple workarounds can help you avoid common biases, write former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin and business management consultant John Dame (Harvard Business Review)

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The battle over religion heats up in Egypt

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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The nose job scandal in Cairo

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Aung San Suu Kyi takes her case to the nation

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Aung San Suu Kyi's strategy for change

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Another surreal turn in Egypt's presidential election

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Picking the wrong battle

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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A quiet protest in Tunisia

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Uganda's up-and-coming tech guru

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Indonesia: Sex, lies, and video clips

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Venezuelan politics in 140 characters or less

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

 

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Venezuela: the succession

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Indonesia's president prepares a mysterious apology

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Uganda feels the heat from South Sudan

Tuesday, 1 October 2013



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In Indonesia, social media checks the military

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

 

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Uganda's new software geeks

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

 

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The bullets are flying in Caracas

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Burma: A big step by the U.S.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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The Spanish text message that has Uganda up in arms

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Why sectarian conflict in Burma is bad for democracy

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Sandstorm Friday

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Why we're ignoring the revolution in Sudan

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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Experiencing election day in Tripoli

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


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The American roots of homophobia in Africa

Tuesday, 1 October 2013



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On the Path to Prosperity: Insight On Africa—Special Report

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Today the Legatum Institute launched a special report, 'Insight On Africa' which examines some key themes that affect the state of African prosperity. In recent years, conversations about African development and prosperity have become increasingly optimistic. The world is realising that Africa is a continent on the rise. And this shift from pessimism to optimism has happened quickly. 

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Slaughtering a sacred cow in Venezuela

Monday, 30 September 2013


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A report by Dan Rather fires up the Caracas rumor mill

Monday, 30 September 2013


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The five stages of electoral grief

Monday, 30 September 2013


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Indonesia's Ramadan debate

Monday, 30 September 2013


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Nations in Transition Olympic News

Monday, 30 September 2013


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Venezuela's election enters its crucial last month

Monday, 30 September 2013


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Mali 2.0

Monday, 30 September 2013


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A Pussy Riot Letter from Prison

Friday, 27 September 2013


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The Fight for the Soul of Russia’s Opposition

Thursday, 26 September 2013


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The Great Escape

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


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The Dangers of Setting the Bar Too High

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


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Barcode Nation

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


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Aung San Suu Kyi, Václav Havel, and the Art of Dissent

Monday, 23 September 2013

At Prague's Forum 2000 there are often surprises and touching gestures. What else would you expect from a conference started by a man who rode a scooter down the hallways of Prague castle when he became President and drew a heart as part of his signature? writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post)

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Angela Merkel, the Empress of Europe

Monday, 23 September 2013

Angela Merkel is dull, frumpy, and uncharismatic—and that may be exactly why Germans have re-elected her chancellor for the third time, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Washington Post).

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Coming In From the Cold

Friday, 20 September 2013


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Dagestan's Desperate Search for Peace

Friday, 20 September 2013


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Ten Lessons for Demagogues from the Master

Friday, 20 September 2013

By now tens of thousands of words have been penned about Russian leader Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the 'New York Times'. His remarkable foray into public diplomacy seems to have shifted the Syria debate and further divided the Left and Right in America in the process. 

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The Ghosts of Benghazi

Thursday, 19 September 2013


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Russia’s Empire Strikes Back

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Vladimir Putin’s empire-building has little to do with Russia’s interests. It’s all about what’s good for him and his cronies, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum writes for Slate.

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Europe After Germany’s Election

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

On Saturday 21 September Germans will dutifully go to the polls to vote in the 2013 Federal elections and unsurprisingly—as countless commentators have already prophesied—the likely party to come out on top will be Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The foregone conclusion of Mrs Merkel’s victory has been in place since late autumn of last year—any discussion or written piece about the upcoming elections is prefaced by mentioning “the most likely outcome”.


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Go Big or Go Home

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


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One Size Does Not Fit All

Monday, 16 September 2013


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Does History Matter?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Using history for today is about understanding the difference between patterns and simplistic formulas; being mindful of the past, but not burdened by it; remaining aware that human behaviour is never predictable, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post)

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Mexico’s Cry for Independence

Friday, 13 September 2013

On 16 of September, Mexico will celebrate its Independence Day, one of the most important celebrations in the country, remembering the day in 1810 when the cry for independence (‘Grito Mexicano’) was uttered, resulting in the Mexican War of Independence. However, looming through the festivities will be the image of Mexico as an impoverished country ravaged by drug wars and class division.

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Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

Friday, 13 September 2013


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The Prosperity Race: Mexico vs. Brazil

Friday, 13 September 2013

On 16 of September, Mexico will celebrate its Independence Day, one of the most important celebrations in the country, remembering the day in 1810 when the cry for independence (‘Grito Mexicano’) was uttered, resulting in the Mexican War of Independence. However, looming through the festivities will be the image of Mexico as an impoverished country ravaged by drug wars and class division.

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Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


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Solidarity's Promise

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


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Mali's Bad Trip

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


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The House That Chavez Built

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


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Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Monday, 9 September 2013

Humility is the most valuable attribute we're not teaching our high-potentials, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin, and Management Consultant John Dame

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Obama Is No Longer a Friend

Friday, 6 September 2013

 

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Norwegian Elections: The Lowdown

Friday, 6 September 2013

Norway’s incumbent Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, must be wondering what has hit him. Having been probably one of the only public figures ever to experience an approval rating of 94% back in 2011, he now finds himself facing a likely defeat in the upcoming election on 9 September 2013. Indeed, it looks like it might even be the first time his centre-left Labour Party has not come in first place since 1924.

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Just Show It

Thursday, 5 September 2013


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Taiwan's Free Trade Evolution

Thursday, 5 September 2013

This week I am visiting Taiwan as part of the 2013 Delegation of British Parliamentary Assistants and Young Scholars to the Republic of China (Taiwan). Visiting Taiwan and other countries in East-Asia, I always get caught up by the forward momentum of the region, from the people’s energetic drive, the innovative ideas of their engineers, to the optimism of their civil servants. 

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The Myth of Africa's Rise

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


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Sorry, but Africa's Rise Is Real

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


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The Balkans Break Free

Sunday, 1 September 2013


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Heroes of Retreat, Revisited

Friday, 30 August 2013


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Beyond Business: Rethinking Microfinance

Thursday, 29 August 2013


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Russia's New Vigilantes

Thursday, 29 August 2013


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Doctor in a Desperate Land

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


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Reforming the Democracy Bureaucracy

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


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The League of Authoritarian Gentlemen

Tuesday, 27 August 2013


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Parallel Protests: The Surprising Similarities Between Turkish and Brazilian Protests

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

At first glance, the recent Turkish and Brazilian protests seem to have little in common. In spite of happening almost at the same time, Turkish protests seemed to end with repression, while Brazilians are still waiting for the political concessions promised by their government. However, a comparison between Turkey and Brazil reveals striking similarities between these two apparently very different countries.

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The Salafi Moment

Monday, 26 August 2013


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The Drive for Dignity

Monday, 26 August 2013


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The Revolution in Tunisia Stalls

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Turkey's Fragile Success

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Finding the Right Take-Off Speed

Friday, 23 August 2013


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How to Save the Regime in Tehran

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Down to a Trickle

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Venezuela's Magical Realist Voters

Friday, 23 August 2013


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In Georgia, Two Machines Are Better Than One

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Making Up Is Hard to Do

Friday, 23 August 2013


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A family portrait of Egypt's revolution

Friday, 23 August 2013


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The Gangnam Phenom

Friday, 23 August 2013

 

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Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Georgia's Electoral Showdown

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Burma's rebels: Women demand a say

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Separated at Birth

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Few options left for Venezuela's opposition

Friday, 23 August 2013


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In Mexico, An Activist Says Her Farewells

Friday, 23 August 2013


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The Sanctions Conundrum

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Nightmare Squared

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Hoping Against All Hope

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Avoiding War Number Two in Liberia

Friday, 23 August 2013


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The Curse of Stability in Central Asia

Friday, 23 August 2013


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There is no Indonesia Model for the Arab Spring

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Cooling Ethnic Conflict in Guyana's Elections

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Venezuela's Narcostate

Friday, 23 August 2013

 

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Egypt's Financial High Noon

Friday, 23 August 2013


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A bitter presidential vote

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Egypt's Subsidy Blues

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Hey, J.Lo, Thanks for Serenading that Dictator

Friday, 23 August 2013


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What will the Brotherhood do?

Friday, 23 August 2013


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Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

Friday, 23 August 2013


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What's to Be Learned from Ousted Leaders?

Friday, 23 August 2013

Former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, shares lessons from a study of university presidents whose careers were derailed (Harvard Business Review)

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What the US Should Stand for in Egypt

Friday, 23 August 2013

The United States should stand up for democracy, not the players on the ground, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column.

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It's the Brazilians, Stupid

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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'Just Call Me Poor'

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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Mind the Gap

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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Policing Electoral Violence in India

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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A Russian Artist's Snapshot of the National Psyche

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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A bittersweet celebration in Burma

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries

Thursday, 22 August 2013


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Jordan's Simmering Spring

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


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Libya Goes for Broke

Tuesday, 20 August 2013


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Libya's Hard Landing

Monday, 19 August 2013


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Middle East Violence 'the result of generations of tyranny'

Saturday, 17 August 2013

It's not an Arab Winter: Today's violence in the Middle East is the end result of generations of tyranny, suppression and distortion of political discussion, writes the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum (Daily Telegraph).

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Southeast Asia's Economic Poster Child Is Stalling

Friday, 16 August 2013


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Who's Really In Control of Libya's Guns?

Friday, 16 August 2013


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Clueless in Gaza

Friday, 16 August 2013


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Away Game

Friday, 16 August 2013


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Putin Walks Alone

Friday, 16 August 2013


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Islands in the Desert

Thursday, 15 August 2013


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The Whistleblower May Have to Hold His Tongue

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


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Asleep at the Wheel

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


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A Frank Debate about Identity and Islam

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


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How to Get From Lessons Learned to Lessons Applied?

Monday, 12 August 2013

A lot of our work in the Transitions Forum programme at the Legatum Institute involves looking into past transitions and trying to understand what worked and what didn’t. We assume that learning from the past can help us address the challenges—and harness the opportunities—of current or future radical change. Or at least avoid making the same mistakes that sometimes seem to be made over and over again.

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Below the Radar

Friday, 9 August 2013


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Zintan Versus the World

Friday, 9 August 2013


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It's Time for Mugabe to Go

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


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In Libya, They Really Are Out to Get You

Monday, 5 August 2013


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From Turkey to Egypt: The Army Is Not a Solution

Monday, 5 August 2013


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The Breadbasket Is Still a Basket Case

Friday, 2 August 2013


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Corrupting Perceptions

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


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The Crusader Is a Convict

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


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The Alchemy of Protest

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


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Vendetta Politics in Georgia

Monday, 29 July 2013


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The Kremlin and the Octopus

Monday, 29 July 2013


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Talk About Strange Bedfellows

Monday, 29 July 2013


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The Government Ban on Just About Everything

Monday, 29 July 2013


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The Phantom of the Airport

Monday, 29 July 2013


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The Odds are Good for Egypt

Monday, 29 July 2013


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Living Together Doesn't Mean You're in Love

Friday, 26 July 2013


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Behind the Curve on Syria

Friday, 26 July 2013

Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, says the US approach to Syria lacks creativity, initiative and international leadership (Washington Post)

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The Moroccan Model?

Friday, 26 July 2013


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The Contenders

Thursday, 25 July 2013


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Dreams of Their Fathers

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


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Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


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Mob Rule

Saturday, 20 July 2013


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'Widows Are the Invisible People'

Thursday, 18 July 2013


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Reporters with Borders

Thursday, 18 July 2013


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Where Apartheid Lives On

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


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The Military's Still in Charge

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


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The Youth Bulge in Africa: Opportunity or Threat?

Thursday, 11 July 2013

In the future, we may see two Africas arise: one which is able to create an enabling environment where the young generation can fulfil their aspirations, and one which is not. The youth bulge in Africa constitutes a considerable challenge, as the total population of the continent has recently broken the 1 billion mark of which 40% is aged 0-15 years. 

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The No-Show

Wednesday, 10 July 2013



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He was a hero -- and my friend

Wednesday, 10 July 2013



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President Obama is coming to Burma

Wednesday, 10 July 2013



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Coming Apart at the Seams

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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What Obama should tell the president of Burma

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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Finally, a window for peace in Burma

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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Cramming for That Next Big Test in Democracy

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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Weren't Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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The Monks Who Hate Muslims

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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It's Time for Burma's President to Act

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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Burma's Fallen Idol

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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Blood in the Streets

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


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The shocker in Caracas

Tuesday, 9 July 2013


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In Wales with the POW - The Case for (And Against) Beauty and Harmony

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Following a recent meeting with the Prince of Wales, former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin discusses why free societies flourish on (civilised) conflict and contradiction, disagreement, ambiguity and loads of untidiness (Huffington Post)


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Why a Lynching Is No Way to Celebrate Freedom

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


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India's Tablet Revolution

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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What I Learned from Gerard Depardieu

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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Lessons Learned from Kenya's Election

Tuesday, 2 July 2013



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We Have No Idea if Africa Is Rising

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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Trustbusters

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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The Dead Man's Trial

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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A Small Victory in the War on Corruption

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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Beyond the Barricades

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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Running from the Arab Spring

Monday, 1 July 2013


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Does It Take a Village?

Thursday, 27 June 2013


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Europe's Dirty Little Secret

Thursday, 27 June 2013


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A User's Guide to Democratic Transitions

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


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Edward Snowden Adds to US–Russia Chill

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

In her Washington Post column, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, believes Russia will not return Edward Snowden to the US as a 'gesture of goodwill' or a 'matter of principle'

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Egyptians, the Army Is Not Your Quick Fix

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


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Foreign Aid is an Investment in Our Future

Monday, 24 June 2013

Jobs and the free market are at the heart of a revolution in the way Britain offers help, writes Andrew Mitchell MP, author of a Legatum Institute paper on foreign aid (Daily Telegraph).

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Iran's Big Yawn

Friday, 21 June 2013


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Why Leaders Fail

Thursday, 20 June 2013

In his Huffington Post blog, former Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin explores why leadership in business and politics is so difficult

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Why Iran Can't Reform

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

 


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Liberia Leans In

Tuesday, 18 June 2013


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Syrian Refugees—Not Just a Humanitarian Emergency

Monday, 17 June 2013

In June 2013, I went to Amman to attend a conference on the “uprooted”. The theme was certainly apt: Jordan’s fifth largest city is now a Syrian refugee camp called Za’atri (also the 2nd largest refugee camp in the world) though there are many more Syrian refugees who don't live there. Instead, they live in urban areas all across Jordan.

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Edward Snowden, The Impulsive ‘Martyr’

Friday, 14 June 2013

Edward Snowden wants to be seen as a martyr. But is he? The Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, writes for the Washington Post

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Secret Police State

Friday, 14 June 2013



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The Chechen Boss

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


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Look on the Bright Side

Tuesday, 11 June 2013


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US Government Shutdown - The Roots of Discontent

Monday, 10 June 2013

It's increasingly difficult to build consensus in an America that is becoming deeply partisan and dangerously polarised, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, in relation to the US government shutdown (Huffington Post)


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Can Tunisia Save the Arab Spring?

Friday, 7 June 2013


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An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


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The Pursuit of Happiness

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Putting emotion above GDP in the measure of a society’s prosperity could improve policy-making (Total Politics)

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The Optimist's Case for Yemen

Monday, 3 June 2013


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The Prickly Politics of Aid

Sunday, 2 June 2013


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Nelson Mandela: Great for What He Did–And What He Didn't Do

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Mandela’s refusal to engage in the politics of hatred and revenge will form part of his greatest legacy, writes former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post).

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No More Doing Business As Usual

Friday, 31 May 2013


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A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade

Thursday, 30 May 2013



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Too Many Stakeholders Spoil the Soup

Wednesday, 29 May 2013


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How Reliable is Survey Data?

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

This is one of the most common questions I get asked when talking about the Legatum Prosperity Index™. It’s usually followed by, “How can you actually measure happiness? Surely everyone’s levels of happiness will depend on their own situation.” My answer is yes, and no. Of course perceptions will differ from one country to the next. But these results can still yield information that is both useful and interesting.

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Painting in Purple

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The launch of the 2013 'Legatum Prosperity Index™' shows, for the first time, five consecutive years of data. A lot has happened in the last 5 years: the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath; the so-called Arab Spring; the Algerian hostage crisis; the London riots; and the ongoing civil war in Syria, to name just a few. 

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What I Left Out

Saturday, 25 May 2013


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Swampland

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


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How Bismarck - Like Liberal Arts - Can Teach Us How To Think

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Former Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, summarises a recent Legatum Institute 'Staff Ride', an interactive simulation of a battlefield scenario which aims to channel leadership exercises in not what to think, but rather, how to puzzle through the most truly vexing of problems (Huffington Post)

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How to Succeed in Business

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, reviews Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (New York Review of Books)


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Polish Orphans Provide Unlikely Lessons in Thriving

Friday, 17 May 2013

In October 1944, 750 Polish orphans were sent to a refugee camp in Pahiatua, New Zealand while they waited for the war to end. Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, shares their story (Washington Post)


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Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


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Mixed Messages From Libya

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

After a few days in Tripoli, I knew just what I would say about it: Libya is doing much better than you think. As my plane took off twenty days later, I prepared to say something very different: things are much more dangerous than you think. In truth, both articles could be written, and both could be sensibly argued. But as always, the reality of Libya is far more messy than that.

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Finally, Good News from Haiti

Thursday, 9 May 2013


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It's Not Business As Usual At the World Bank

Thursday, 9 May 2013


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Ghostbusters

Thursday, 9 May 2013


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The Invisible War

Monday, 6 May 2013


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Why I'm Flying Back to Malaysia to Vote

Monday, 6 May 2013


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Australia, America’s Test Case in the Pacific

Friday, 3 May 2013

In her Washington Post column, Legatum Institute Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, asks if the United States is in danger of forgetting the ally it has in Australia

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Empowering and Transforming Societies Through Entrepreneurship

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Legatum Institute's Zachary Courser had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance (HEA) symposium banquet in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in April, where he spoke on behalf of the Legatum Institute.

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“A Leader Among Leaders, A King Among Kings”: How Modi’s Corporate Cronies Could Jeopardise India’s Potential for Inclusive Growth

Friday, 3 May 2013

“If he says it will be done, it will be done”; “In brother Narendra, we have a leader with a grand vision”; “He is a leader among leaders, a king among kings”. The praise for Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at last year’s “Vibrant Gujarat” business summit was little short of religious.

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Varanasi and the Business of Modern Day Slavery

Friday, 3 May 2013

Former Legatum Institute President, Jeffrey Gedmin, shares impressions from a trip to Varanasi, India, where he visited projects combating human trafficking (Huffington Post).

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Portugal: "We're Not Greece Yet"

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sipping coffee outside a small café on Lisbon’s Freedom Avenue, it’s easy to forget that Portugal is a country in serious trouble. It is, after all, a country of great history and architecture, incredible weather, and beautiful beaches. It is no wonder that an increasing number of Britons are opting to escape from the cold of the British Isles to visit the sunny Algarve. And yet, even brief conversations with the Lisbon locals reveals that Portugal is a bruised and brittle country. There is hope for the future but this is rarely matched with any real sense of optimism.

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They Were 'Gentle, Loving, and Tender, Like Girls'

Monday, 29 April 2013


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‘Misha’ Speaks: An Interview with the Alleged Boston Bomber’s ‘Svengali’

Monday, 29 April 2013

Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and Democracy Lab editor, Christian Caryl, interviews “Misha,” a mysterious US-based Islamist who has been accused of radicalizing Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings (New York Review of Books)

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South Africa’s Politics of Unemployment

Monday, 29 April 2013

Writing for the Africa at LSE blog, Hemal Shah, argues that South Africans should use their democratic and demographic advantages to tackle their massive unemployment problem.


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Letting Music Lead the Way Out of a Dark Week

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

"The Legatum Institute came to Washington with a mission: To show the city of think tanks how it's done", writes Jamie Stiehm (US News & World Report)

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At Washington National Cathedral, Music Fit For A Queen

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Anne Midgette (Washington Post) reviews the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' concert with Sir John Tavener in Washington, DC.

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Russia's Olympic City

Monday, 22 April 2013


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Washington Post previews Promise of Freedom concert in Washington, DC

Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Washington Post's music critic Anne Midgette interviews Sir John Tavener, composer of the Legatum Institute commission "Three Hymns Of George Herbert", and explores the intersection between the arts and public policy.

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Bahrain's Continuing War on Doctors

Friday, 19 April 2013


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Hugo Chavez, meet your competition

Thursday, 18 April 2013

 

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In Burma, it's deja vu

Thursday, 18 April 2013



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Imagining a post-Chavez economy

Thursday, 18 April 2013



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A trial for Taylor, immunity for Rajapaksa

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Why Burma Shouldn't Listen to the IMF

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The Lady's Leap of Faith

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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It's Not Just You, America

Thursday, 18 April 2013



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Tobacco's War on Women

Thursday, 18 April 2013

 


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Egypt's Constitutional Chaos

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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"The Wounded Will Be Killed"

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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A Requiem for Calderon

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The hope for peace in Papua recedes - for now

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Chile's Countercyclical Triumph

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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"The Elite Isn't Going to Lose Control"

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Facebook gives a platform to the challenger of Chavez

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Indonesia's graft fighters take on crooked cops

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Indonesia's Shiite minority feels the heat

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Chavez Rides Again

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Yes, I'm a blasphemer. Get over it.

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The Battle of the Shrines

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Is Indonesia's national unity falling apart?

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The Political Afterlife of Hugo Chavez

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The End of Ukraine's Balancing Act

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Venezuela's New Era

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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A Place of One's Own

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The irony of Kenya's election reforms

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Libya's politicians get a wake-up call

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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The Princess of Reform

Thursday, 18 April 2013


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Ten Questions for the New BRICS Bank

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


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Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


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Georgia's Political Standoff Deepens

Friday, 12 April 2013


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Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Friday, 12 April 2013


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Mongolia's Growing Pains

Friday, 12 April 2013


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Make Way for the Hybrids

Thursday, 11 April 2013


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The Tip of the Democracy Spear

Wednesday, 10 April 2013



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The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


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Morales Walks the Populist High Wire

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


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The Lady T I Knew: Iron in Private, Too

Monday, 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher's domestic and international legacy—(former) Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin for the Huffington Post

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Policy Uses of Subjective Wellbeing Data

Friday, 5 April 2013

In April, Zachary Courser gave a presentation on the policy uses of subjective wellbeing data (SWB) at a seminar in Mexico City, organised by the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Mexico (FLACSO) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

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Beggaring Thy Neighbors

Thursday, 4 April 2013


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Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Thursday, 28 March 2013


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Who's the Most Powerful Woman in the World?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

In a column for Foreign Policy magazine, (former) Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, explains why Angela Merkel’s scientific background makes her key to solving the euro crisis.

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Political Tremors in the Caucasus

Thursday, 21 March 2013


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South Africa’s Unfinished Revolution

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Reporting from Johannesburg, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, explains why apartheid’s legacy still haunts South Africa (Washington Post)

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Is it 1913 Again? A Hundred Years Ago We Were on the Brink

Thursday, 14 March 2013

In order that 1914 doesn't repeat itself, need a patient and tolerant debate about first principles, writes (former) Legatum Institute President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin, in his Huffington Post blog

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The Enduring Legacy of Despots

Friday, 8 March 2013

Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, asks if Hugo Chavez will leave a Stalin-like imprint on his country (Washington Post).

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Stalin Lives

Thursday, 7 March 2013


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Not All Elections Are Worthy of the Name

Thursday, 7 March 2013


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The Kenya Puzzle

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


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The Inconvenient Diplomat

Friday, 1 March 2013


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The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

Friday, 1 March 2013


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Witches and Witch Hunts - What the Salem Trials Tell us Today

Monday, 25 February 2013

Witches with supernatural powers don't exist, but serious threats to society sometimes do, writes (former) Legatum Institute President and CEO Jeffrey Gedmin (Huffington Post).

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Forget the Flowers and Candy

Friday, 22 February 2013


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It's Not About Us

Friday, 22 February 2013


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Free Trade or Penalty-Free Crime?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


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What George W. Bush Did Right

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


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Rowdies with a Cause

Friday, 15 February 2013


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Paving the Way for Mandela's Election

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


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We're all Americans now (and not in a good way)

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Playing a dangerous game in Egypt

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Art conquers walls in Cairo

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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In Egypt, a recipe for constitutional disaster

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Why the bad news in Egypt is worse than you thought

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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My first lady doesn’t wear a tiara

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Covering up on Egyptian TV

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Rocking Egyptian economic policy like it’s 2010

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Why are we arresting kids for blasphemy in Egypt?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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A political comic book comes back to life in Egypt

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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The sad reality of Egypt's vaunted military

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


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Martyrs of the Revolution

Thursday, 7 February 2013


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The First Lab Results Are In

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


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India's Missing Ingredients

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


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Seizing the Moment

Monday, 28 January 2013


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The Star Student

Monday, 28 January 2013


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Crying for Argentina

Monday, 28 January 2013


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Why the Killing in Syria Is Just the Beginning

Saturday, 26 January 2013


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Preparing for the New Syria

Friday, 25 January 2013


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Daniel Ortega's Reality Check

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


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How to Cope with Windfall Wealth

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


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Can the EU Become the World’s Policeman?

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The United States may soon be able to pass the whistle as the world’s policeman, writes the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum in her Washington Post column.

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Indonesia: Stop Chopping, Start Learning

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


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Reinventing China, Again

Thursday, 17 January 2013


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Europe’s Future Prosperity

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Last year was an unremittingly painful economic period for European countries. However, looking beyond the stubbornly low GDP growth rates and volatile bond yields, the region’s overall prosperity is the strongest it has been in recent years, writes Edo Omic for CFO Insight magazine.

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Gorging on Investment, Choking on Red Tape

Friday, 11 January 2013


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Changing the Code on Corruption

Thursday, 10 January 2013


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Feeling the Pain in Tehran

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


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The Year in Unfreedom

Friday, 4 January 2013


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Moving On Up

Friday, 4 January 2013


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In Defense of Civil Society

Friday, 4 January 2013


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What Africa Did Right in 2012

Friday, 4 January 2013


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The Anti-Godfather

Wednesday, 2 January 2013