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The Diplomat: Brand USA’s Opportunity in Myanmar

Truman Project Asia Director Ziad Haider explains how the United States can help Myanmar stabilize and develop its economy. This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading a delegation of American CEOs to Myanmar – a country whose opening remains filled with peril and promise. Escalatingviolence against Myanmar’s Muslims has caused more than a thousand deaths; the destruction of […]

Afghanistan’s Untold Success Story

Managing Afghanistan’s nascent industrial base will be critical as the nation attempts to build a modern economy that is increasingly less dependent on foreign aid. Today, there is great room for optimism as Afghanistan moves toward the post-transition period. Despite having a GDP that was made up almost entirely of outside aid in 2011 and […]

Saving Afghanistan’s Economy: The 1818 Model

Panic would be an understatement. Land values and home prices were down 50%, key financial prices hit 25% in a single day, and banks began to foreclose on heavily mortgaged properties. The financial crisis of 2008? No, in fact we’re talking about the first modern financial crisis to hit the United States, way back in […]

Should Struggling Countries Let Investors Run Their Cities?

Last month, the Honduran Congress approved the creation of independent commercial cities called Employment and Economic Development zones (or “ZEDE” for their Spanish acronym). Supporters of the ZEDEs, including Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, hope they will offer an alternative to the corruption and governance challenges that hamstring Honduras’s economy. They believe that replacing parts of Honduras’s […]

Huffington Post: Mindsets May Hinder Progress in Myanmar

Truman Security Fellow Devin Stewart discusses the challenges and opportunities for a newly liberalizing Myanmar. The opening of Myanmar holds much promise for the country’s people. Its political change has also excited Western liberals and foreign investors alike, as demonstrated by this week’s World Economic Forum meeting in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw. With political liberalization comes new economic openness. […]

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