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Short of the Goal: U.S. Policy And Poorly Performing States [Paperback]

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Failed states are at greatest risk for collapse and pose an urgent threat to international security. Yet, ironically, new U.S. foreign assistance programs such as the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) routinely bypass these poorly performing countries, while providing increased aid to so-called good performers. This volume provides a lucid account of failed states that are ineligible for this new assistance, thus residing "on the other side of the MCA." The first part analyzes U.S. policy toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Indonesia, Yemen, Myanmar, and Central America in order to examine the fundamental causes of poor performance. The second part examines the role of specific U.S. policy instruments in building state capacity to prevent deterioration and collapse. Uncovering one of the most recognizable, yet poorly understood, trends in the developing world, Short of the Goal sets an important agenda for increased American engagement with failed states to promote both development and security in the developing world.

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Pages   483
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 13, 2006
Publisher   Center for Global Development
ISBN  1933286059  
ISBN13  9781933286051  

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More About and Robert L. Ayres Milan Vaishnav, editors. Nancy Birdsall

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nancy Birdsall with Joint Coordinators Ruth Levine and Amina Ibrahim, led the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality. The UN Millennium Project and its Task Forces comprise more than 250 scientists, development practitioners, parliamentarians, policymakers, and representatives from civil society, UN agencies, the World Bank, the IMF, and the private sector.

Nancy Birdsall has an academic affiliation as follows - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Center for Global Developme.

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The View from Some Specific Countries  Jul 10, 2006
The publisher of this book the Center for Global Development has the noble goal of reducing global poverty and inequality for the poor. As opposed to some other organizations they have been able to understand that are real problems of very poor governments (often with at least one armed rebellion on their hands), poor education, poor infrastructure such as roads/rail/ports, religious strife, etc. etc.

In this book there are essays on the Congo, Nigeria, Indonesia, Central Asia, Yemen, Burma-Myanmar and several other countries. Each is written by an expert on that country and covers both the history and the prospects for the future.

As such this book gives an honest look at the prospects and potential for several companies in what might be called the developing world but which may well not be developing very well at all. The book focuses primarily on the economic/political aspects of the countries and stresses their weak governments.

These writers clearly understand the problems in the countries they are addressing. They are able to clearly and succintly express themselves, and provide a world of specialized knowledge.

I would really like to ask some of these writers to give me their thoughts on certain global issues are likely to affect these countries. What will happen as we run out of oil, or more specifically as energy costs skyrocket? How do they think global warming will affect these countries, the rising sea level? What about AIDS or Avian flu? Maybe that's another book.

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