IMF and World Bank

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund portray themselves as the stabilizers of the international market and the distributor of aid. But their policies still carry the stamp of the Washington Consensus. The neoliberal agenda often holds the biggest benefits for the givers of money, not the recipients.

Toothless Tiger ...

The World Bank wants to fight poverty. Yet its organizational structure prevents sustainable policy. Rough times lie ahead for social development, human rights, conservation and climate protection.

Full Speed Ahead...

World Bank and IMF have reacted quickly to the financial crisis. But poverty reduction must not be a phenomenon of troubled times. The development has to continue as the economy recovers.

The Shadow of Bretton ...

IMF and World Bank have turned from aid-givers into mediators between rich and poor countries, from providers of progress into foreign policy activists and financiers of debt. Despite the economic upsets of the past two years, change is illusionary.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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