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The Balance of Power: States, Societies, and the Narrow Corridor to Liberty


Institute Director James Robinson spoke at the 2019 Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM19) on April 9-10, 2019 at Harvard University, shedding light on the balance of power between state and society and its implications for answering current questions in development.

Yemen's Civil War - and How the U.S. is Involved


Since 2015, a civil war has raged between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebel movement. The conflict is estimated to have caused the deaths of more than 60,000 people since 2016 and placed two thirds of the country’s population in food insecurity. How did the war get to this point? What has been U.S. and European involvement in the region? And, most importantly, what happens next?

The Pearson Institute and the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and the Pulitzer Center held a conversation about the Yemeni Civil War featuring journalists Maggie Michael and Jeffrey E. Stern. This event was moderated by Pearson Faculty Affiliate Paul Poast.

A boy at play.

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – APRIL 2013: A boy plays with his homemade kite on a volcanic rock above the Bulengo IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp.