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Global Policy Innovations Program

A growing body of innovative scholarship offers promising strategies for sustainable development and a fairer globalization. Yet, these proposals have not been disseminated in a coordinated fashion. In response to this challenge, the Global Policy Innovations program provides a forum for pragmatic alternatives to the current global economic order.

Website: http://www.policyinnovations.org


Global Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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The Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program aims to enhance and inform public debate on the existence of positive development alternatives by creating a centralized hub to serve two primary purposes:

1. An online magazine format to feature the work of partners associated with the project, and from the fairer globalization community more broadly.

2. A database of papers, organizations, and specialists that links the websites and databases of project partners.

It's Like Oil, But Different
June 19, 2008 08:50 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain are missing a monumental opportunity to save millions of lives and radically change the course of world history. Global warming, the oil crisis, and HIV/AIDS are finally receiving serious attention, and yet we continue to avoid an issue that perennially threatens the lives of children. The issue could not be more basic, more important, or more ignored: The issue is water.

To Cope with Oil Shock, Emulate Japan
June 9, 2008 08:58 AM - Dilip Hiro, Global Policy Innovations Program

With the price of oil rocketing to the unprecedented level of $130 a barrel, there is a talk of another oil shock. Unfortunately, unlike past instances, this one is unlikely to subside, and may indeed keep intensifying. The only way out is for Western nations, the gluttonous users of petroleum, to cut their consumption and emulate Japan in its consistent drive for energy efficiency and alternate sources. The present explosion in oil prices is the fourth of its kind, but different from the previous ones in 1973–74, 1980, and 1990–91.

A New Deal for Poor Farmers
May 31, 2008 11:27 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Many poor, food-importing countries around the world have become desperate in recent months, as global prices of rice, wheat, and maize have doubled. Hundreds of millions of poor people, who already spend a large share of their daily budget on food, are being pushed to the edge. Food riots are mounting.

In Vitro Meat, a More Humane Treat
May 27, 2008 07:49 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

The ongoing world food crisis has incited riots and protests in more than ten countries over the past several months. In Haiti, seven people were killed in riots that led to the ouster of Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis. Egypt's President Mubarak enlisted the army to produce and distribute bread after several people were killed in bakery clashes. Drought, a declining dollar, and a shift of investment money into commodities have all contributed to bare shelves and empty bellies.

Market and Community Approaches to Food Crisis
May 26, 2008 09:12 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

The first quarter of this year saw food prices skyrocket, with the World Bank recording a 75 percent increase in its food price index since September 2006. The challenges for policymakers, however, extend beyond the current crisis. Since early 2002, food prices have risen by 140 percent, with the effect falling disproportionately on the poor. Meanwhile, a third of food bought in the United Kingdom is thrown away. There are fundamental problems of distribution and price stability that governments and NGOs must address if we are to repair food production and avoid further crises.

The Silver Lining in High Commodity Prices
May 19, 2008 09:02 AM - Kenneth Rogoff, Global Policy Innovations Program

Today's soaring commodity prices scream a fundamental truth of modern life that many politicians, particularly in the West, don't want us to hear: The world's natural resources are finite, and, as billions of people in Asia and elsewhere escape poverty, Western consumers will have to share them. Here is another truth: The price mechanism is a much better way to allocate natural resources than fighting wars, as the Western powers did in the last century.

China's Earthquake After Shock
May 16, 2008 09:26 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

One of the deadliest earthquakes in decades hit southwestern China this week, prompting a quick response from Beijing which was even praised by the Dalai Lama. Nevertheless, the death toll could surpass 50,000. Devin Stewart of Policy Innovations interviews Alexandra Harney, author of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, who comments from Shanghai on how China is tackling this obstacle as it also prepares for the Summer Olympics.

Can Green Trade Tariffs Combat Climate Change?
May 3, 2008 09:21 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

In recent months, China has taken center stage in the international debate over global warming. It has surpassed the United States as the world's largest source of greenhouse gases, and it became developing nations' diplomatic champion at the recent United Nations climate negotiations in Bali. Now China may become the target of a full-fledged trade war that could destroy—or perhaps rescue—the chances of bringing rich and poor nations together to fight global warming.

Toilet Truths
May 1, 2008 09:34 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Despite modern marvels such as the space toilet, much of the world still endures a medieval level of sanitation. Nearly 2.6 billion people live without basic services, forced to defecate on the ground or line up to pay for the use of soiled latrines. Some historians give the flush toilet mythological origins in the court of King Minos of Crete. Queen Elizabeth I had one as well, built by her godson in 1596. In the nineteenth century, architects started to incorporate water closet innovations into their designs and the modern toilet was born. Thomas Crapper, a British plumber, had a hand in perfecting the cistern to make flushing quieter and more polite.

Latest Developments on Farm Bill & Biofuels
May 1, 2008 09:26 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

At a White House press conference yesterday that focused on the U.S. domestic economy, President George W. Bush addressed food prices, the Farm Bill and biofuels. Sheryl Gay Stolberg and David M. Herszenhorn summarized in today’s New York Times that, “With consumer confidence slipping and gasoline and food prices soaring, President Bush delivered an unusually dark assessment of the economy on Tuesday, saying the nation was in ‘very difficult times, very difficult.’”

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