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Building Peaceful States Against All Odds: The g7+ Leads the Way

Emilia Pires, Finance Minister of Timor-Leste, Chair of g7+, and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding will speak this afternoon at the Frontiers in Development Forum. Below is her contribution to the Frontiers in Development essays. Every morning I am greeted by the local gardener, Guilherme, who busily tends half-broken trees and overgrown bushes, planting seeds in the modicum of […]

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FrontLines: Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines, to learn more about the Agency’s work in democracy, human rights and governance. Some highlights: Last year’s Arab Spring protests are this year’s stepped up march toward democracy for Egyptian and Tunisian citizens Says Youk Chhang, a survivor of Cambodia’s genocide under the Khmer Rouge: “[W]e […]

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From Fragility to Agility

I am in Busan as part of the US Delegation to the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.  We are meeting in the cavernous Bexco Convention Center, in a city that was heavily bombed 50 years ago and sustained with American humanitarian aid for the recovery years after the Korean War. It is now […]

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South Sudan: The Hopes and Challenges with the Birth of a Nation

Rarely is the juxtaposition between joy and tragedy as stark as it is in the new nation of South Sudan and the changed nation of Sudan. I had the honor to participate in the U.S. presidential delegation witnessing independence day ceremonies in Juba, South Sudan.  Along with Ambassador Susan Rice, General Colin Powell, Congressman Donald […]

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Observing the Brave in Vilnius

by Sarah Mendelson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance We’re Together, Even When We Are Not The Arab Spring has left many activists at the Community of Democracies hopeful—perhaps none more so than Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. She wasn’t physically in attendance but virtually and spiritually, her presence was […]

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Home Coming

I’m normally not an anxious traveler but I’m experiencing some deep unresolved, existential anxiety.  As I write this, I’m headed to Vilnius, Lithuania, for the first time in my life.  Today, June 29, is the 70th anniversary of the massacre of all the remaining Jews in a village in Lithuania where my father was born. […]

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Interpreting the Arab Spring at DRG: 2.0

The events of the Arab Spring have had tectonic effects on Middle Eastern civil society from Tahrir Square to Benghazi. Today at 11:30am, USAID is hosting a panel of policy experts, moderated by our own Deputy Administrator, discussing how the international community can best respond to this historic opportunity to support freedom and opportunity in […]

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Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance 2.0

Next week, USAID is excited to be hosting DRG 2.0: Promoting Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in 2011, and we’d like you to participate. What is DRG 2.0? Our own David Yang, Director of our Office of Democracy & Governance, says it best. With the exciting emergence of the Arab Spring, USAID experts in Democracy, […]

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How Free is Your Media? A USAID-Funded Tool Provides Insight

On May 3, the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day. Reflecting on the day’s events, a few important questions arise about what role the media plays in a community and in a democracy. First, how does freedom of the press compare to freedom of speech? Not only do journalists need freedom to speak and write […]

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From the Field: Our Ongoing Efforts in Egypt

Submitted by: David Yang, USAID Office of Democracy & Governance For the past two months, USAID has responded rapidly to the historic events in Egypt. We are pivoting our existing portfolio of 36 democracy programs implemented by Egyptian, U.S. and international organizations to support the new opportunity. During the protests, our partners deployed observers throughout […]

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