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CGD Workshop Explores Economic Performance of the World's Youngest Democracies

Twenty experts in development from the academic and policy communities gathered at CGD on Monday 12 June to assess the economic performance of the world’s youngest or “third wave” democracies. The purpose of the discussion was to consider under which economic conditions these democracies are most likely to consolidate--or to backslide and even reverse--and to discuss what the international community can do to support these new democracies.

Cutting off Its Nose to Spite Its Face: U.S. Undermining the United Nations

In a sharply worded speech Tuesday in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown took the Bush administration and Congress to task for a self-defeating approach to the United Nations. Even as they turn to the UN to accomplish a variety of indispensable tasks, he complained, U.S. political leaders fail to defend the world body from scurrilous attacks from the likes of “Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.”