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Is Terrorism Still a Crisis or the New Normal?

With angry, stateless actors planning and perpetrating difficult-to-predict and barbaric attacks with increasing frequency, the resources the U.S. pours into counterterrorism have not brought us freedom from the real fear of attack. The challenge for policy makers now is to find a crisis management paradigm that works in the new reality.

February 13th, 2015|Categories: Foreign policy, Op-ed, Portfolio|

Inequality in Brazil Since 1984

At the outset of Brazil’s new democracy in 1984, income inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient stood at around 60 points, among the highest levels in the world. The end of the dictatorship saw a brief drop in the Gini to 58, only to be followed by five years of rapidly rising inequality during Brazil’s decade of hyperinflation. It was only after the election of Lula in 2002 that the country saw the Gini trend downward and break through the levels seen in 1984. This paper looks at these trends in detail and examines current challenges to efforts to create a more equal society.

January 31st, 2015|Categories: Brazil, Inequality, Policy analysis, Portfolio|