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Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Update September 2016

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September 2016

Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Update

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New Policy Briefs Tackle Corruption

Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

CSMD launched its Corruption Brief series, which will analyze a range of global corruption issues and provide concrete policy recommendations.

In the first brief—Improving U.S. Anticorruption Policy in Nigeria—CFR International Affairs Fellow Matthew T. Page discusses corruption’s harmful effects on Nigeria’s development, security, and governance—areas in which the U.S. government invests significant resources. Page argues that the United States needs to change its anticorruption approach, and offers recommendations for how policymakers can better support current Nigerian reform efforts.   Read the full Corruption Brief »



Global trade and the supply chains that support it are undergoing a period of profound change. Supply chains face threats including a resurgence of protectionism, climate change, decaying infrastructure, and human rights abuses. This summer, the Development Channel launched a new series highlighting expert analysis on global supply chain trends and challenges.  

The Future of Global Supply Chains Amid Slowing Trade



Global supply chains drove trade and fueled global economic growth in recent decades, as countries linked into procurement, manufacturing, and distribution networks. Yet today trade is stagnating. The World Economic Forum’s Wolfgang Lehmacher argues that this is more a shift than a permanent change. Public opinion, as well as trends such as the rise of the “fast economy,” new technologies, and expanding e-commerce, will all affect the likelihood of deepening supply chains and trade links.  Read more on the Development Channel »

Who Governs Global Value Chains?
Reuters/Fabian Bimmer  

Reuters/Fabian Bimmer


Companies, governments, and international organizations each approach managing global value chains with their own priorities and concerns. Sherry Stephenson, senior fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, explains these three distinct perspectives. She argues that the World Trade Organization’s limitations and outdated trading rules gave rise to a proliferation of bilateral and regional trade agreements, which could lead to more fragmentation in global value chain management.   Read more on the Development Channel »



The Uncertain Fight Against Corruption in Latin America
Matthew M. Taylor
Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez  

Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez


Many observers are optimistic about Latin America’s recent gains against corruption, led by homegrown anticorruption campaigners. Although these successes should be celebrated, CFR’s Matthew Taylor counters that resistance is building against reformers. In Brazil, Guatemala, and Mexico, pressure from powerful interests that benefit from—and are empowered by—corruption threaten to undermine progress.  Read more on the Development Channel »


This Week in Markets & Democracy

This Week in Markets & Democracy returns after an August vacation. Every Friday CSMD gives its take on news and trends in global anticorruption efforts, democracy and governance, and economic development. Before the summer break, CSMD 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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