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Toilets First, Temples Later: Modi’s Promising Act

Modi was molded by Hindutva, but he mobilized a national campaign on reviving India's economy, not religion. Can he deliver on his promise? Are these two on a collision course?

Dispatch

Room for Debate in Rwanda

The first post-genocide generation is growing up. One remarkable organization is teaching them how to argue about politics.

Report

U.N. Envoy to Somalia Warns Against Cutting Off Remittances

Money sent home by family members abroad is the “lifeblood” of the African country’s economy, but it’s getting harder to get the money over there.

Argument

From a Swift Boat to a Sustainable Mekong

One of the world’s most important waterways -- and one I spent some time on -- is in grave danger. We need to make sure its ecological and economic vitality is preserved for future generations.

Argument

It's Time for Peacetech to Become an Industry

To make their mark, the architects of peacebuilding's bleeding edge need to leave the government payroll and start their own industry.

The South Asia Channel

In the Afterglow of the London Conference

Where does Afghanistan stand after the London Donors Conference? Richard Ponzio, a former coordinator of the U.S. Government’s New Silk Road initiative, explains.

The Cable

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Step Down

One of the Obama administration’s most charismatic and well-liked bureaucrats is leaving his job next month.

Passport

Why USAID Got Into Bed With Cuban Rappers

The U.S. Agency for International Development has been quietly backing Cuban rappers opposed to the Castro regime.

Shadow Government

The West Needs a New Strategy for Pakistan

A new report by the German Marshall Fund and the Swedish Defense Research Agency argues that the United States and Europe should adopt a fresh ...

Argument

It’s Time to Rethink How We Do Development

A group of development experts issues a plea for reform.

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