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Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Update July 2016

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July 2016

Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Update

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The Future of Global Supply Chains

Reuters/Richard Clement

Reuters/Richard Clement

The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) program hosted a workshop to discuss the future of global supply chains as they undergo a period of profound change. Supply chains face many challenges, including climate change, decaying infrastructure, cyberattacks, and human rights abuses. Workshop attendees explored how supply chains are evolving in this new environment and how companies and countries can improve compliance and resilience across supply chains through new trade standards, legal regimes, and policies.  Read CSMD’s report summarizing insights from the discussion »



The Anticorruption Boom and U.S. Foreign Policy
Matthew M. Taylor
Reuters/Dan Kitwood  

Reuters/Dan Kitwood


Recent months have seen important movement on the anticorruption front, explains Adjunct Senior Fellow Matthew M. Taylor in a recent blog post. In April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed the Panama Papers, roughly 11 million leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm detailing the creation of more than 15,000 shell companies and providing information on more than 200,000 offshore entities. In May, British Prime Minister David Cameron held a summit on corruption, a global “cancer” hindering economic development and growth. Taylor puts these and other developments into perspective, and looks at prospects for sustained policy change. Read more on the Development Channel »

Mexican Citizens Rebuke Corruption in Elections
Shannon K. O'Neil
Reuters/Edgard Garrido  

Reuters/Edgard Garrido


Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost big in recent gubernatorial elections. Shannon K. O’Neil explains that corruption was a dominant theme in the races, with voters kicking out misbehaving incumbents and their parties. Several governors-elect promised to run clean administrations and to prosecute their predecessors. Expect corruption to remain an important electoral issue in next year’s midterm elections and 2018 presidential race. Read more on the Development Channel »



Five Questions on the Panama Canal Expansion with Geraldine Knatz
Reuters/Carlos Jasso  

Reuters/Carlos Jasso


As the first ships pass through the newly expanded Panama Canal, the Development Channel sat down with Geraldine Knatz, former director of the Port of Los Angeles and now a professor of policy and engineering at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. Knatz talked about changes in the shipping industry, trends affecting U.S. ports, and what the canal expansion will mean for trade globally. Read Five Questions with Geraldine Knatz on the Development Channel »


This Week in Markets & Democracy

Every Friday CSMD gives its take on news and trends in global anticorruption efforts, democracy and governance, and economic development. In recent weeks CSMD has covered: 

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The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) program seeks to better understand the economic, political, and social dynamics shaping the twenty-first century. By examining how to address corruption and implement and enforce the rule of law more generally, how the private sector is evolving its supply chains and its social responsibility, and how technological innovations drive civil-society engagement, CSMD aims to inform better policies globally.



Shannon K. O'Neil
Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program


John Campbell
Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

Jared Cohen
Adjunct Senior Fellow

Steven A. Cook
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies

Joshua Kurlantzick
Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia
Gayzle Tzemach Lemmon
Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Matthew M. Taylor
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies

Catherine Powell
Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Rachel B. Vogelstein
Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program


Leslie Dewees
Assistant Director
Sabina Frizell
Research Associate
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