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Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! Did you know that televisions alone will use more than 11 million kilowatt-hours of energy during the game? As you turn on your TV, it’s worth taking a moment to note that Congress had a rare and important moment of agreement this week: increasing access to electricity in Africa. […]

With the Zika virus spreading rapidly through South and Central America – and with more than 30 cases found in travelers returning to the U.S. – this is an important moment to look back on some global public health lessons that we’ve learned in recent years. While there are certainly comparisons with Ebola, Zika is a […]

It’s no wonder that foreign policy has taken center stage in the 2016 presidential race. The crisis in Syria rages on, with over 13.5 million people currently in need of humanitarian assistance. ISIS and other violent extremist groups have carried out devastating terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, and more recently in Indonesia, Pakistan, and […]

As we begin 2016, several key pieces of global development legislation await Congress, having moved forward during December’s end-of-year rush. These bills on energy access, hunger, and transparency and accountability could have a lasting and positive effect on U.S. foreign assistance. Here’s an update on where they stand in Congress: CURRENT ACTS IN CONGRESS  Electrify Africa […]

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) hosted the second event of its Impact 2016 initiative in New Hampshire on Decemer 4, 2015 to discuss how America’s development and diplomacy efforts are critical issues for this election. The event featured Lieutenant General Dan Christman, Paul Steinhauser of NH1 News, Judge Michael Mukasey from the Bush Campaign, […]

The following is an excerpt from remarks given by Ricardo Michel, Director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships in the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID on December 8, 2015 at a USGLC forum in Nashville, Tenn. For those who may not be familiar with USAID, we are the foreign assistance and development arm of the U.S. government. […]

In the midst of impassioned presidential debates on national security following the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, a recent report by the American Enterprise Institute makes a powerful case for why America should not scale back its global leadership, but instead must leverage its influence to support the liberal world order it has […]

A little-noticed but important development is underway in Congress that could improve the way the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) promotes economic growth: regional compacts. For over a decade, MCC has been fighting poverty around the world by partnering with countries that demonstrate their commitment to good governance, economic freedom, and sound investments in their people. […]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is the first U.S. trade deal with a chapter exclusively focused on development. This suggests that the old “trade vs. aid” debate is finally over, and that there is wide support for “trade and aid.” Today, most experts agree that foreign assistance creates the enabling environment for trade to flourish […]

Senator Joni Ernst, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. General Daniel Christman joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) in Iowa on November 23, 2015 for the first event of its Impact 2016 initiative and to discuss how America’s development and diplomacy efforts are critical issues for this election.

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