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Celebrating a Renewed Commitment to U.S. Leadership in Global Food Security

We sincerely applaud bipartisan congressional leaders for the recent enactment of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA). At the height of particular partisan rancor, this broadly supported bipartisan legislation passed with overwhelming support in the United States House of Representatives and Senate this month. We thank the bipartisan lead sponsors: Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA); Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ); Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN); Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who is chairman of the respective committees of jurisdiction; and Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) as well as the nearly 150 House and Senate cosponsors for their continued leadership in food security as an enduring priority in U.S. international development work. Senators Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Casey (D-PA) laid the foundation for this important legislation a decade ago.... Read More

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British Government: No burden, no competitive harm from extractives reporting

A study by Britain’s Conservative pro-business government has delivered a blunt rebuttal to claims by American oil companies that complying with the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption measure would be too costly and cause competitive harm.... Read More

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Nunn-Lugar: A bipartisan model for the North Korea negotiations

President Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has stirred hopes that there may be a solution to the North Korean threat, even as it raised many questions about the actual substance of the agreement and Pyongyang’s willingness to keep its word.... Read More

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Bipartisan Stalwarts Lead the Way on House DACA Discharge Petition

Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives started a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The rare procedural move requires the organizers to gather signatures from a majority of House members.  If successful, such a petition would require the Speaker of the House to hold votes on the measure.... Read More

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Senate Bipartisanship - GOP way up, Democrats down

The latest Bipartisan Index, developed by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School for Public Policy at Georgetown University, shows that for 2017, the abrupt switch from President Obama to President Trump had only minimal impact on Congresss bipartisanship, at least on the surface.  According to the data, which measures bipartisanship based on sponsorship and co-sponsorship of bills, last year the BPI score for the Senate was a negative .038, slightly better than the -.072 recorded in 2015-16 for the Senate in the 114th Congress. (Scores below 0.00 are judged to be partisan.)... Read More

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For Farmers, Science is a Respected Enterprise

Recently, a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned with the future of agriculture and food security released a set of principles that should guide public investments in agriculture R&D. The Lugar Center happily took on the task of building the network and benefitted from its collective decades of experience.... Read More

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New report shows transparency can expose corruption

Critics of the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption amendment—which requires oil and mining companies to publicly report their payments to governments—often ask, ‘What’s it good for?’... Read More

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In International Development: Imitation is, Indeed, the Sincerest Form of Flattery

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s dismissal was announced, he delivered brief farewell remarks at the Department. In the media much was made of the fact that Mr. Tillerson neither thanked President Trump nor praised him. In fact, the Secretary did not utter his boss’s name.... Read More

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Kudos to OMB for Strong Evaluation Guidelines, What’s Next for Implementation?

As mandated by the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA; P.L. 114-191), last month the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued guidance to foreign aid agencies regarding the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of assistance programs.... Read More

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The Time Really is Now to Modernize U.S. Food Aid Policy

 For decades, the Food for Peace program has been a pillar of America’s worldwide efforts to prevent hunger and starvation and bring stability to the developing world. Supported by the productivity and hard work of America’s farmers--and the generosity of the American people--Food for Peace has helped more than four billion people in 150 countries.... Read More

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