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Clean Trade in Natural Resources  
Leif Wenar, John Tessitore 06/02/11
Consumers are often unwittingly in business with dictators, corrupt officials, and armed groups, says Leif Wenar. Yet we could change our laws to make powerful groups in exporting countries accountable to their own people. >Ideas >Audio
Assessing Progress in Africa toward the MDGs   Publication
There are indicators of hope in Africa with a 50 percent decrease in malaria in 15 countries and nine countries reaching 90 percent access to safe drinking water, yet this report also stresses Africa's struggle to meet health targets. >Ideas >Policy Library
A Slick Solution for Oil Markets   Transcript
Susan Aaronson 10/16/08
Although oil prices are declining, the global oil market is out of whack and prices remain high, causing economic suffering around the world. To get things back on track, policymakers will have to attempt some slick solutions. >Ideas >Commentary
Oil and Turmoil   Transcript
Saleem H. Ali 03/12/08
Despite oil's tortured history, it must not be summarily dismissed as a cause of turmoil in Africa. >Ideas >Commentary
Business Ethics Gone Without TRACE  
Alexandra Wrage 02/29/08
As a neutral third party, TRACE works with commercial competitors to address the challenges they all face, delivering an antibribery message to corrupt officials. >Ideas >Innovations
Civil Society Activism  
Richard Calland 06/12/07
Although thinking on the multilateral response to the power of the for-profit sector is growing, transparency is not yet a core part of the agenda. Civil society, however, is further along the conceptual road toward transparency. Pressure from stakeholders for accountability on social and environmental issues is a major driver of companies' self-interested efforts to be good corporate citizens. >Ideas >Innovations
Stopping the Flow of Stolen Resources  
Leif Wenar 06/05/07
Citizens of countries that don't meet official U.S. standards for minimal political rights can't possibly authorize the sale of their natural resources. Yet corporations within U.S. jurisdiction continue to deal with such disqualified regimes. The case for stopping this flow of stolen goods must be made in court. >Ideas >Innovations
Might Makes the Right to Sell?  
Leif Wenar 05/15/07
Leif Wenar analyzes the causes of the resource curse, showing how customary practices left over from the era of absolute state sovereignty still give property rights to whoever can exert coercive control over a population. This might-makes-right rule contradicts the movement toward citizen ownership of natural resources. >Ideas >Innovations
Property Rights and the Resource Curse  
Leif Wenar 04/30/07
In a series of articles, Leif Wenar confronts the fact that raw materials used to make consumer goods are often stolen from the poorest people in the world. Repressive regimes violate property rights and sell a country's resources in international markets, siphoning off the money to retain power. This resource curse leaves the bulk of the population mired in poverty. >Ideas >Innovations
Property Rights and the Resource Curse (SERIES)   Publication
Leif Wenar 04/29/07
Read the collected Property Rights and the Resource Curse series in which Leif Wenar describes two enforcement mechanisms for sanctioning those who buy resources from the worst regimes: litigation in rich-country courts against the international corporations that transport the stolen goods, and an anti-theft trade policy that enables rich countries to penalize states that buy resources from disqualified regimes. >Ideas >Policy Library

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