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Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968–2003: Ba'thi Iraq from Secularism to Faith by Amatzia Baram

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Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968–2003: Ba'thi Iraq from Secularism to Faith

Amatzia Baram

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Taxation and Equitable Economic Development: A Historical Note

Vito Tanzi
A paper based on Vito Tanzi's presentation at the August 28, 2014 LAP event, "Colombia: Hacia una nueva reforma tributaria," in Bogota, Colombia. more

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century

Jorge Heine, Cynthia J. Arnson, and Christine Zaino
This publication focuses on the rapidly expanding relations between Asian and Latin American countries, with chapters focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the region at large. more

Hope Denied: The US Defeat of the 1965 Revolt in the Dominican Republic

Piero Gleijeses
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 72, Piero Gleijeses explores the US military intervention in the Dominican Republic in April, 1965. Using recently-declassified US sources, this paper asks, was there a real danger of a communist takeover had the US not invaded? How democratic were the June 1966 elections, and did Washington force the terms of a provisional government on the besieged rebels? more

Innovation in Mexico

Fostering Innovation in Mexico

Duncan Wood, Christopher Wilson, and Alejandro Garcia
How has the global economy changed, and what does it mean for innovation? How should we be thinking about innovation? What conditions are necessary for innovation to thrive? How can we attract greater investment for innovation activities? What types of government policies and regulations can strengthen innovation? How can we better integrate science and technology into practical applications? What are the barriers to innovation, and how can we overcome them? This publication summarizes the main themes of the High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers 2013 and highlights some lessons learned. The purpose of this paper is to aid in ongoing dialogue, the next stage of which will take place in Washington, DC in November, 2014 (The publication is available both in English and Spanish). more

Iran and the Syrian and Iraqi Crises

Jubin Goodarzi
Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus since 1979, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved subsequent to the ouster of Saddam Hussein. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question with the eruption of the Syrian revolt, and the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. This article provides an overview of the conditions in Syria and Iraq which facilitated the rise of ISIS, and explains what is at stake for Iran, particularly in the case of Iraq. more

Governing the Horn of Africa’s Lowlands: Land Investments and Villagization in Gambella, Ethiopia

Fana Gebresenbet Erda
"Since 2001, the Ethiopian government has been committed to building a “developmental state,” one with a strong state-led macro-economic plan, much like that of East Asian countries. After 2005, the developmental agenda took center stage in public discourse. This increasingly dominant discourse frames poverty as an existential threat to Ethiopia’s survival, necessitating its eradication by hastening development at all costs. In recent years, various independent international organizations have agreed that Ethiopia is among the fastest growing economies in the world." more

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Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out

William E. Pomeranz
Western sanctions have left Russia in dire financial circumstances — stuck somewhere between recession and stagnation. Though proven solutions exist for what now ails Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s geo-strategic and political choices have rendered these traditional economic approaches unworkable. more

International Cooperation in a Time of Transition: The IMF, G20, and the Global Financial Crisis

Christopher Legg
Through 2008-2009, the world was confronted by the risk of global economic catastrophe on a scale not experienced since the Great Depression. This resulted in intensive efforts at international cooperation and coordination by national governments. Under the leadership of the U.S., G20 Leaders convened for the first time in Washington DC in November 2008 and over the next twelve months and two further meetings, established itself as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. The subsequent track record, in bureaucratic parlance, has been mixed. Why? more

InsightOut - Expert Voices on China's Energy and Environmental Challenges

Natural gas has emerged as a potential game changer on China’s path to reduce its reliance on coal and shift to cleaner energy sources. This shift, however, is bound to require costly investments, raise energy prices, and dampen economic competitiveness in the short term. more

The Wilson Quarterly

Afghanistan

Kubra in her workshop. (Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/Polaris)

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the longest war in its history, a look at the lives changed, promises made, and ideas shaped by war in Afghanistan.