Turkey: A former emerging market star stumbles
Politics & Economics

Turkey: A former emerging market star stumbles

Turkey’s economy once enjoyed China-like growth rates, with gross domestic product expanding at 8.8 percent as recently as 2011, and 9.2 percent the year before that. But things have changed. Turkey’s GDP has tumbled from the highs of recent years to what experts call a disappointing 2.9 percent in 2014—which is higher than typical growth … Continue reading

Thousands of Weapons in Afghanistan Missing
Politics & Economics

Thousands of Weapons in Afghanistan Missing

Many of the 747,000 weapons the U.S. Department of Defense has given to the Afghan National Security Forces have not been properly labeled or accounted for, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The widespread mislabeling, duplicate labeling, and rudimentary tracking of weapons means that insurgents could easily … Continue reading

Libya’s Election Ushers in New Voter Technology
Politics & Economics

Libya’s Election Ushers in New Voter Technology

By Marguerite Ward, World Policy Journal  Libya’s parliamentary election today is employing the world’s first national, mobile voter registration system. Today, voters headed to the polls to elect members to the 200-seat House of Representatives. The House of Representatives will replace the General National Congress, the now largely discredited interim parliament established in July 2012. … Continue reading

Three Years Later: Resonating Voices of Revolution
Culture / Politics & Economics

Three Years Later: Resonating Voices of Revolution

By Marguerite Ward In a recent political salon, “Tunisia Three Years Later,” World Policy Institute hosted a roundtable conversation on the uprisings that shook the Middle East/North Africa (MENA). Embassy officials, journalists, nonprofit leaders, and interested newsies alike brought with them questions on the progress of the uprisings. Though not all questions could be definitively … Continue reading