Policies, Institutions, and Progress for Global Inclusive Development

How can we evaluate the failures and successes of International Development Agencies? How can we measure results in a fair and responsible way? How can we re-envision IDAs and their mission to ensure their success in the twenty-first century?

Proposals should consider:

  • initiatives for civil society players to cooperate with state institutions and markets;
  • policy ideas to reduce inequality and generate shared prosperity;
  • institutions of regional and sub-regional/national development.


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Ending the Never-Ending Story: Will Current Peace Efforts be the Final Chapter in the Cyprus Conflict?

Maya Janik

In this article I address the question of why achieving a peace settlement for Cyprus has proven so difficult since the partition of the island in 1974, and I explore prospects for ending Europe’s longest frozen conflict in the near future. Contrary to the common perspective that a window of opportunity has recently been opened by moderate Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders, I argue that their recent actions may not be sufficient to reunite the island. Enthusiasm is likely to be tempered by political reality and the complex dynamics affecting the conflict. Furthermore, reunification could inadvertently open a Pandora’s box. In order to avoid adverse consequences, the question of what happens if a peace settlement breaks down needs to be addressed at the current stage of negotiations.

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The need for an Integrated Approach to Social Reform

Maya Janik

Before his afternoon lecture on 26 January 2017 at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), Fred Harrison, Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust, held an internal seminar – the first of an ongoing series – with the DOC research team on ‘The need for an Integrated Approach to Social Reform’, in which he shared his ideas on the concept of land rents and social reform. Harrison, who predicted the economic crises of 1992 and 2005, explained that his interest in this topic began while working as a newspaper journalist, when he attended an economics evening class given by a landlord.

NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 3 2015: Republican candidate for president Donald Trump announced he had signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate should he fail to win the party's nomination in 2016.

Trump’s “guilt”?

Vladimir Yakunin

The unexpected continuation of the US election campaign that has been playing out came as a real surprise. It had seemed that the vote on 8 November would be decisive. Trump’s victory was in no doubt.

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Adding Polarities to a Unipolar World

Vladimir Yakunin

My generation grew up in the shadow of World War II; we came of age and built our careers amid the all-pervasive tension and mutual suspicion of the Cold War. When the Berlin Wall came down, it felt like a new era, with considerable new opportunities.

European Union flags on dark thunderstorm sky background

The Double Death of Europe

Adrian Pabst

Introduction: the broken promise of peace and prosperity The continual crisis in the Eurozone and in Ukraine poses the most serious danger to Europe since the darkest days of the Cold War. Economic devastation in the south and war in the east cast a long shadow over the European Union and the wider Europe. Arguably the post-1945 promise of peace and prosperity no longer holds.