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World Watch

Insight on what's happening beyond the United States.
Profit for the Poorest Apoorva Shah 06/13/2007
A U.S. initiative encourages businesses to see Africa’s poor as an untapped market.
The Freedom Connection Susan Ariel Aaronson 06/11/2007
How the U.S. uses trade agreements to promote democracy
A Health Plan for the G8: Focus on How Funds Are Spent Philip Coticelli and Roger Bate 06/06/2007
Member states should insist on efficiency before parting with more taxpayer money.
Foreign Investors Prefer Predictability to Democracy Aparna Mathur 05/29/2007
A study of recent investment flows says that being a democracy may actually make it harder for a developing country to attract capital from abroad.
Water, Water Roger Bate 05/24/2007
It may be everywhere, but it’s scarce as well. How to use water most efficiently? Roger Bate finds the solution in a nation undergoing the worst drought in 1,000 years: Australia.
German Growth Means a Chance for Reform Jurgen Reinhoudt 05/24/2007
Center-right leader Angela Merkel is missing an opportunity. She should take a cue from her left-of-center predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, particularly on labor market reforms.
The Sudden Ubiquity of China Mauro De Lorenzo 05/23/2007
It’s not just a western obsession: Beijing really is ramping up diplomatic engagement all over the world.
Podcast with Mauro De Lorenzo The American 05/23/2007
Mauro De Lorenzo explains how China erodes international agencies’ influence in the developing world.
Canada’s Problem: Domestic Trade Barriers Christopher Sands 05/22/2007
Free trade among the fifty states may account for much of the U.S. productivity advantage over Canada.
All the Coal in China Rowan Callick 05/21/2007
Cheap and abundant, coal is the energy that powers China’s economy, writes Rowan Callick. But it also may be the world’s worst environmental problem.