USAID Alumni Association


The Inaugural Pearson Global Forum ft. USAID Alumni Nancy Lindborg and Rick Barton

The USAID Alumni Association Forum, the town square of the Association, discusses the latest events and trends in the development world. Recently featured was the inaugural Pearson Global Forum, held October 4 - 5, 2018 at the University of Chicago.

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Matters of State Podcast


Why Nations Fail - Matters of State Podcast

Institute Director James Robinson joined Matters of State podcast for a candid discussion about his book, ‘Why Nations Fail’. In it, he makes the case that the key differentiator between countries is “institutions.” Nations thrive when they develop “inclusive” political and economic institutions, and they fail when those institutions become “extractive” and concentrate power and opportunity in the hands of only a few.

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Social Science Bites


James Robinson on Why Nations Fail - Podcast

Metrics on the average living standards from the best-off countries in the world (say, Norway) to the worst-off (such as the Central African Republic) vary by a factor of 40 to 50. So notes James Robinson, the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago and author, with Daron Acemoglu, of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.

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Sunni Fighters Gather in Formation.

MAKHMOUR, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 19, 2015: Sunni fighters opposing the Islamic State gather in formation along the front line near the IS-controlled village of Haj Ali in the southern Mosul countryside.


MAGNUM / Moises Saman