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Young Strategist Forum 2014 April 18, 2014 / Tokyo, Japan

The third Young Strategists Forum (YSF) was held in Tokyo from January 31- Feb 4, 2014 in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.


Reassessing Development Aid: The Future of Public-Private Partnerships June 05, 2012 / Brussels, Belgium

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Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in development have taken center stage in recent discussions among donors. From the relaunch of the US-EU Dialogue on Development in April, to President Obama and Bono’s introduction of a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition at the G8 summit in May, the increasing focus on PPPs is changing traditional policy-making in development. In light of this new emphasis, the Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) met on Tuesday, May 29th, for a lunch discussion entitled “Reassessing Development Aid: The Future of Public-Private Partnerships”.

The lunch featured a panel of European and American speakers representing public, private, and think-tank perspectives. Sarah Gonzales, Counselor for International Development and Representative to the EU for USAID; Gráinne Crowley, Associate Director of Advocacy and CSR Europe for Eli Lilly and Company; San Bilal, Senior Executive and Head of the Economic Governance Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); and Thais Leray, Policy Officer in the Unit for Private Sector Development, Trade and Regional Integration for DG Development and Coordination of the European Commission, made up the dynamic group of speakers. The discussion was moderated by GMF’s Jonathan White, Senior Program Officer of the Economic Policy Program.

The panellists highlighted areas in which the private sector can best contribute, such as providing job training, or applying technical experience to infrastructure projects, and areas in which the public sector can best help, such as using networks on the ground to negotiate contracts and establishing a more stable local environment. Of course these strengths are easier to discuss in theory than to apply in practice. Case study examples taken from the speakers’ experiences illustrated the considerable challenges that can accompany combining personnel, funding, strategies, and accountability. From this discussion, young professionals gained an insight into the special challenges, and the benefits that PPPs can bring to developing countries.

The event highlighted the potential of PPPs and why they have garnered so much attention lately, but also the amount of work that goes into an effective partnership, and what challenges must be overcome to ensure the long-term viability of successful public-private partnerships.