Browsing All Posts filed under »international development«

Infographic: U.S. Military Spending Versus Foreign Aid

July 30, 2012


 Good media platform published this infographic that portrays U.S. spending on defense and development aide in comparison to other countries. Data is from 2010 and before the recent publication of the new Defense Strategic Guidance and new budget priorities. Development assistance spending and military spending appear to promote two contradictory sets of values: one that builds and one that […]

Balkan-Euro Integration

January 2, 2012


Continuing our study of interdependence and stability is the ongoing integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union (EU). At the signing of a free travel agreement between Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, the Montenegrin Foreign Minister proclaimed, “we share a history, the present, but also a common future towards the EU.” The shared commitment […]

MIT Seminar XXI Fellowship

September 9, 2011


For those interested, I will post here my experiences as an Army Fellow to MIT Seminar XXI for AY 11-12. Seminar XXI is an educational program for senior military officers, government and NGO officials, and executives in the national security policy community. The program’s objective is to provide future leaders of that community with enhanced analytic skills […]

What I Learned from the World Development Report

June 11, 2011


SUBMITTED BY NIGEL ROBERTS Via Blogs of the World Bank I came to the World Development Report with years of field experience in conflict- affected countries, but I learned some startling things from the exercise. One is that violence today is very different from the violence of the Cold War era. Another is that how to […]

Why Study International Development?

June 5, 2011


Development that effectively prevents, mitigates and manages the causes and consequences of violent conflict, instability and extremism. to identify and analyze sources of conflict; develop early responses to address the causes and consequences of instability and violent conflict map out destabilizing patterns and trends in specific developing countries and recommend changes in development programs so […]

Bookstores Struggle as Kosovars Shun Reading

June 2, 2011


via While cafés in Pristina are full of young people, the capital’s libraries and bookstores are almost always empty. No official statistics exist on how much people read in Kosovo, but most agree that reading is on the decline. Booksellers complain that they are not selling books while librarians say their only visitors are […]

UNDP Kosovo – News – Public Pulse Report: First Edition

May 18, 2011


The latest Public Pulse Poll results show a general decline in people’s satisfaction with the work of Kosovo’s key executive, legislative, and judicial institutions.About 72% of respondents of all ethnicities seem to be either dissatisfied with the economic direction in which Kosovo is headed. About 72% of Kosovans seem ready and willing to join public […]