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160 Commentary found for the year 2015

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Why Counter-terrorism Could Be the Death of Tunisian Democracy

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Tunisia’s security state is threatening to undo the gains of the revolution, writes Fadil Aliriza, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute (Democracy Lab)

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Brave New War

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

A new form of conflict emerged in 2015—from the Islamic State to the South China Sea, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum (The Atlantic)

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Why is Cardiff Still Lagging Behind Other UK Capitals?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Cardiff comes behind other UK capitals in terms of both wealth and wellbeing. Innovative policies are required to reverse the damage done by the decline of heavy industry, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

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Kharkiv, City of Vagabonds and Poets

Friday, 18 December 2015

Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, reflects on the strangeness of war-torn urban Ukraine (Politico)

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Can the Right Save Argentina?

Friday, 11 December 2015

The heavy dose of economic liberalism needed to secure Argentinian prosperity is the natural territory for the party of newly appointed president, Mauricio Macri. The question is, can he do enough? By Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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Mark Zuckerberg Should Spend $45 billion on Undoing Facebook’s Damage to Democracies

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Here's one idea for what Mark Zuckerberg can do with his multi-billion dollar philanthropic pledge: save public discourse and debate! By Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Fighting Climate Change with Freedom

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Population growth—not capitalism—is the biggest cause of climate change, and the best way to save the planet is to give women more control over their own fertility, argues Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (CapX)

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The Slow Death of Chavismo

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Venezuela’s President Maduro lacks the phenomenal propaganda talents of his predecessor Chavez, and the socialist revolution is losing ground as a result, argues Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez (Democracy Lab)


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10 Years On, Cameron’s Compassionate Conservativism has Failed to Deliver Its Promises

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Drawing on data from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, Abigail Watson, Research Intern, reveals how after 10 years in the job, David Cameron's promises have failed to materialise (LeftFootForward.org)

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The TV vs the Fridge

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

In Russia, economic decline isn't translating into dissatisfaction with Putin. The Legatum Institute's Peter Pomerantsev and Nathan Gamester explain why (Democracy Lab)

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Feminism is Not to Blame for the Breakdown of Society

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The solution to family and societal breakdown is not to blame feminists, but to remove obstacles that prevent men from escaping from their own stereotype, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)

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Autumn Statement Verdict—Politics over Prosperity

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

If the Chancellor is serious about securing the future of the UK, the focus must go back to deficit elimination and true leadership in revolutionising our public services, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

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How Turkey Confounded Putin’s Favourite Narratives

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

In her latest column for the Washington Post, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, explains how the Russian media are using the downing of the Russian jet fighter as part of a wider conspiracy theory

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George Osborne is About to Run Into a Heap of Trouble

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The cuts outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement must be fair, and seen to be fair, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

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Only the Tories Can Fix Capitalism. Will They Seize the Moment?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Free markets are losing the support of the public, and determined political leadership is needed to restore faith in enterprise. But is the required attitude outside the Conservative party’s comfort zone? Louie Brockbank, Intern at the Legatum Institute, writes for ConservativeHome

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Beating the Islamist Propagandists

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The counter-message has to be nimbler, smarter and sharper than it is now, writes the Legatum Institute's Peter Pomerantsev and Georgia State University's Charlie Winter (Politico)

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Reducing Poverty the Female Way

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Young women need to be able to access information about how their life chances hang delicately upon their fertility choices, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Britain’s Ageing Population Could Be An Opportunity—Not Just a Disaster

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Now is the time for the next generation to come up with ideas that ensure ageing societies are more prosperous societies, writes Stephen Clarke, Programme Manager at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Regaining Control in An Unsettled Europe

Saturday, 14 November 2015

In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, explains why extremists must not be allowed to capitalise on Europe's insecurity (Washington Post)

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Russia and the Great Forgetting

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Russia is reverting to old patterns of behaviour with Putin’s Ukrainian and Syrian adventures. Military strength and disinformation is being used in the same way as under the Soviets, says Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Commentary magazine)

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2015 Burma Elections

Monday, 9 November 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi has been the face of Burma's pro-democracy opposition for more than 20 years—5 of them spent in detention. Today, her party looks set for a landslide victory in the country's historic 2015 elections. Christian Caryl, Democracy Lab editor and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, is in Rangoon to find out how people feel towards Suu Kyi today.

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The Tory Majority Was Won on the Economic Battlefield of 2014

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Conservatives' General Election success rested on a pronounced shift to more optimistic economic expectations among the population during the course of 2014, according to findings from the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™—by Louie Brockbank for ConservativeHome

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It’s No Wonder Britain is Optimistic About Jobs

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

All the evidence points to serious progress in the economy, writes the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (The Times)

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We Need to Measure Wellbeing to Reverse Britain’s Social Decline

Friday, 30 October 2015

In debating what kind of statistics we collect, we need to measure our social as well as our economic wellbeing, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Why It’s Time for the Right to Reform Modern Capitalism

Friday, 30 October 2015

Capitalism has a track record of alleviating poverty. But if the government wants to highlight its successes, it needs to tame its worst excesses first—by Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (New Statesman)

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Forget Nordic Exceptionalism: Scandinavia Grew Wealthy Despite Big Government

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Nordic Model is often referred to as 'the exception which disproves the rule that big government is negative for long-term growth'. Yet, a closer look at the evidence reveals the Nordic economies aren’t exceptional at all, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Is This the Death of the North-South Divide?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The north-south divide does not compel the north to poverty or the south to riches. The future is still for the taking, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Ukraine Battles a Second Enemy: Corruption

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Russia isn’t the only threat. Kiev is also fighting a war against corruption, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Nothing to Celebrate on the Greek National Day

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

As Greeks commemorate their 'OHI' to Italy's fascist regime and their joining the Allies in World War II, they will be contemplating a far grimmer scenario for the year ahead, writes Nick Dimou, Communications Assistant at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

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Welfare Reform: Why Susbsidising Other People’s Kids Must Have Limits

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The bloated welfare state represents a threat to individual drive and prosperity, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Russia's New Kind of Friends

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Soviet Union had “useful idiots.” Vladimir Putin has an array of European allies willing to advance his cause, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Why We Don’t Need a Male Suffrage Movement

Monday, 12 October 2015

Politicians, on both the Right and the Left, have been highlighting the problems facing the poorest men in our society—however, Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman argues it is the women at the botttom, who really need our help (CapX)


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New Zealand Can Negotiate Vast Trade Deals Like TPP. Why Can't Britain?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The European Union is a disaster area for free trade agreements - and one whose share of global GDP is actually shrinking, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

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The New Prosperity Story

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Sian Hansen, Executive Director of the Legatum Institute, spoke at the 2015 Business Evolution conference in Harrisburg, Philadelphia.

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Realists, Beware of Russians Making Deals

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Vladimir Putin just wants to make a deal with the West on Syria. What could be the harm in that? Christian Caryl's latest for Democracy Lab

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Women: Beware Socialists Bearing Gifts!

Monday, 28 September 2015

When it comes to women and the Left, the story is one of turbulence rather than harmony, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Putin's Power Plays

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Russian president's mission in Syria is about projecting strength at home—not influencing global events, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Big State Policies Would be Disastrous for Long-Term UK Growth

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Corbyn's fiscal consequences could be dire, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow to the Economics of Prosperity programme at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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In Defence of Tunisia’s Democratic Sovereignty

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Tunisia's sovereignty is already at risk, and its destiny now seems to depend largely on negotiations between an international oligarchy and the national plutocracy, writes Fadil Aliriza and Nadia Marzouki (openDemocracy)

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Migrant Crisis in Hungary

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, participated in an ABC podcast on Hungary's struggle to meet the challenge of the thousands seeking escape from violence in places like Syria and Iraq.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Dangerous Appeal

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The new leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t much care for democratic politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)


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Is Economics a Sexist Science?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In a column for the Times Higher Education, Legatum Institute Fellow Victoria Bateman looks at the gender mix within economics and details her own attempts to encourage more women into the discipline.

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Europe’s Deadly Denial

Monday, 14 September 2015

The refugee crisis is the consequence of Europe’s refusal to confront the wars on its borders, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Slate)

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Bring Back London's Slums

Thursday, 10 September 2015

We all know that not enough homes are being built in London. But when London’s new mayor is elected in May 2016, will he or she start to build real places, places for life, places that become part of London? James Fischelis, urban consultant and author of The Urban Escalator explains how London can learn from its slums of the past.

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Refugee Crisis: Europe lacks "a coherent plan", LI's Anne Applebaum warns on Newsnight

Friday, 4 September 2015

“There has not been a coherent European plan for dealing with the refugee crisis” argues Anne Applebaum, the Legatum Institute’s Director of the Transitions Forum on BBC Newsnight.

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Thunder on the Right

Friday, 4 September 2015

Ukraine's far right is armed and angry. Can it be contained? Legatum Institute Senior Visiting Fellow, Anton Shekhovtsov, participated in a RFE/RL podcast on whether nationalist groups are out of control and risk becoming a mortal threat to the country's pro-Western authorities' efforts to establish a cohesive state and a functioning democracy.

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There Are Many Brands of Capitalism. Choose Carefully

Saturday, 29 August 2015

In thinking more carefully about the language we use to describe capitalism, we may also consider what is good about the different blends of democratic capitalism out there—and which models have lost their way, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow to the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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Economists Need to Entertain the Human Element

Monday, 24 August 2015

It's time for economists to re-think their assumptions about human behaviour, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Spokesman for Birthers, Truthers, and Internet Trolls

Friday, 21 August 2015

Donald Trump has brought the language and ideas of birthers, truthers, and conspiracy theorists onto the national stage, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Obama and Europe: Missed Signals, Renewed Commitments

Thursday, 20 August 2015

How Putin took advantage of Obama's complacency—by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Foreign Affairs)

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Capitalism’s Most Dangerous Enemies Are on the Right

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The far left can’t win without the aid of callous, complacent conservatism, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (The Spectator)

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While Russia Bans Books, the Useful Idiot Corbyn Swallows Its Lies Whole

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The would-be leader of the Labour party is the latest in a long line of Russia's "useful idiots", writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Sunday Times)

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Libya’s Bad Peace Deal Is Worse Than No Peace Deal

Friday, 7 August 2015

The international community's attempt to bring peace to Libya treats the symptoms but ignores the root causes of the conflict, writes Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute (Democracy Lab)

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Robert Conquest: Speaking Truth to Terror

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Historian Robert Conquest revealed the horrors of the Soviet Union long before many were willing to believe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Hiking Rates Could be a Fed Error of Historic Proportions

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

If the US Fed acts too hastily this year, it could be forced into a humiliating reversal next year, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)     

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Social Mobility: What Really Holds People Back

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Social mobility isn't just an academic matter—it's personal, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX).


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How to Beat Vladimir Putin in the Battle for Hearts and Eyeballs

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The Kremlin still has media hegemony over Russian citizens, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (FT)

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Immigration is the Answer to Europe’s Demographic Crisis

Friday, 31 July 2015

Bribing women in rich countries to have more children is not the answer to solving a population crisis, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)


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Burma’s Moment of Truth

Monday, 27 July 2015

Burma's nascent democracy is in deep trouble—and it's time for the US to get off the fence, writes Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow.

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Venezuela’s Marked Woman

Friday, 24 July 2015

In its latest attack against her, Venezuela's regime has barred Maria Corina Machado from office—but as she has proved before now, she won't go without a fight, writes Juan Cristóbal Nagel for Democracy Lab.

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Helping Russia’s Sidelined and Exiled Journalists Tell Their Stories

Friday, 24 July 2015

Much of the Russian media is toxic. Here’s how the US can help the journalists who are not—by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Are Interest Rates About to Rise? Don’t Bank On It Yet

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tightening monetary policy when broad money growth stands at just over 4 per cent would be a brave move and the wrong one, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Ukraine Says Goodbye to Red October

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Kiev is making a sweeping bid to purge the national map of its Soviet-era place names, writes Ievgen Vorobiov for Democracy Lab.

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To Cope with Terror, Tunisia Needs More Democracy

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Citizenship as an inclusive project that gives hope through shared struggle is a powerful vaccine against violent ideology, writes Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute (Middle East Eye)

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Why China’s Propagandists Love the Internet

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Internet is meant to bring freedom—but the Communist Party of China is finding creative ways to use it for its own purposes, writes Gary Rawnsley for Democracy Lab.

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We’re All Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cold War comparisons play right into the Russian president's hands, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum (Politico)

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The Dark Side of Economic Growth

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ignoring the negatives of economic growth undermines its very foundations, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Misha’s Mission Impossible

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The former Georgian president takes on Ukraine's most corrupt region. And he's got his work cut out for him, writes Anna Nemtsova for Democracy Lab.

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Greece is a Turning Point for the EU

Thursday, 9 July 2015

After the Greek crisis, the European Union will either have to deepen its union or drift apart, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Britain Versus the World

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Will the budget really deliver a high-productivity high-wage economy? Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman writes for CapX

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Ukraine Is a Mess, But It’s Still No Greece

Monday, 6 July 2015

Greece isn’t the only European country teetering on the brink of default, writes Ievgen Vorobiov for Democracy Lab.

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The Prosperity Problem

Sunday, 5 July 2015

In a special report for Newsweek, the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index reveals which countries fared best—and worst—following 'The Great Recession' of 2008.


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The Fearful Foe that Ought to Unify Europe

Friday, 26 June 2015

It has become clear that Russia is pursuing an ambitious grand strategy: divide the EU, undermine Nato, reverse the European transitions and the post-cold war settlement, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Financial Times)

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Entrepreneurship in the Battlefront for Latin American Prosperity

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, analyses the advancement of—and challenges to—entrepreneurship in Latin America (Huffington Post)

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How Authoritarian Regimes Exploit Globalisation and the Information Age

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Authoritarian regimes are learning to engineer human souls in the age of Facebook, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Democracy Lab)

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It’s the Greek Politics, Stupid

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Greek crisis is a political mess that threatens all of Europe, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Grexit? Decline in Potential Growth is the Real Challenge

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Whether it’s the United Kingdom, Greece or China, the primary focus of economic policy should be on raising potential output growth, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Old Political Habits in Tunisia

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Contentious politics in a strong, empowered parliament could help Tunisia prevent the consolidation of political power in the executive branch, writes Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Senior Fellow to the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.

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Bringing Europe Back From the Abyss

Monday, 15 June 2015

Never mind renegotiation. If Europe wants Britain to stay on board, it needs to sort out its economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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America’s Foreign Policy Recovery

Friday, 12 June 2015

Can America lead again? It will take more than speeches and tough talk, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Osborne’s Prosperity Contortions

Friday, 12 June 2015

In his ambition to move Britain towards a ‘new settlement of responsibility and prosperity’, George Osborne has set himself an impossible task, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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What David Cameron’s Guru Doesn't Get

Thursday, 11 June 2015

David Cameron's former chief strategist, Steve Hilton, still doesn't doesn’t get it: You need to shrink the state to make it human, writes Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Unlocking the Potential of Female Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Barriers need to be removed so more African women have tools to become entrepreneurs, write the Legatum Institute's Nathan Gamester and Anthony Demetriou (The Guardian)

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Where's Aung San Suu Kyi When Burma Needs Her?

Monday, 8 June 2015

It's time for Aung San Suu Kyi to stand up for her country's persecuted Rohingya minority, writes Nafees Syed for Democracy Lab.


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Islamic State Social Policies Aren’t Exactly a Hit With Libyans

Friday, 5 June 2015

Why Libyans under Islamic State rule aren't taking to child brides and gender segregation, writes Mohamed Eljarh for Democracy Lab.

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Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

New technologies offer important tools for empowerment—yet democracy is stagnating, writes Thomas Carothers for Democracy Lab.

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A Post-GDP World

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

It’s time to end the tyranny of Gross Domestic Product, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti for Democracy Lab.

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The Importance of Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, and Governance for Latin America

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute, is the author of a new research paper that looks at entrepreneurship and opportunity in Latin America, based on trends outlined in the Legatum Prosperity Index™ over the past five years.

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UK Must Prepare for the Asian Consumer Revolution

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Graeme Leach, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, offers eight reforms to position Britain for the coming Asian consumer revolution (City A.M)

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Why Soccer’s Strongman Is a Bad Role Model for the World

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

FIFA's imperious president, Sepp Blatter, is poised to win a fifth term using the playbook of the world’s slickest dictators—the latest from Democracy Lab

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Capitalism is Setting Us Free

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The principles of the capitalist free market system can restore our moral fibre, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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We Must Stop Panicking About Deflation

Thursday, 21 May 2015

When it comes to deflation, what matters is what causes it, writes Graeme Leach (City A.M.)

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Why Every Good Capitalist Should Also Be a Feminist

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Until women can exercise agency, the global economy will be incapable of achieving its full potential, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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It’s Getting Ugly in Hungary

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Desperate to shore up his flagging popularity, Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is embracing the far right, writes Anton Shekhovtsov, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute (Democracy Lab)

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The End of Britain As We Know It

Sunday, 10 May 2015

David Cameron’s re-election could mark the start of internal upheaval, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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An Earthquake Exposes Nepal’s Political Rot

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Nepal is in the headlines this week—for all the wrong reasons.

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Denial Keeps the Genocide Alive

Thursday, 30 April 2015

There's a joke that Armenian immigrants to the United States tell each other.

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How Libya Continues to Flummox Europe

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Mediterranean migrant problem isn’t poverty or even human trafficking. The problem is Libya, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Miliband and Cameron Have Yet to Realise What Prosperity Really Means

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Education, safety and the opportunity to become your own boss all matter as much or more than the headline GDP figures, writes Nathan Gamester, Programme Director to the Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

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Something Is Rotten in the State of Venezuela

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Diosdado Cabello is the second most powerful man in Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro. Nominally, he is the head of the country's single-chamber legislative body, the National Assembly, but his influence extends throughout the armed forces and the judiciary. As a result, he has been called the Frank Underwood of Venezuelan politics.

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Empowering Women in Poor Countries is the Solution to Western Economic Woes

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

It is time for a sexual revolution in both the economics profession and in the global economy, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Asia’s Big Democracies Are Drowning in Campaign Cash

Monday, 27 April 2015

Democracy celebrated a high point last year when a combined 700 million people in India and Indonesia cast their votes in national elections. Now, as the two countries' new leaders approach the end of their first year in office, many are asking what has come of their anti-corruption promises.


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Dear Ukraine: Please Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Monday, 27 April 2015

A controversial new law sends the wrong signals about the past and threatens free speech, writes Josh Cohen, for Democracy Lab.

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How the European Far Right Became Mainstream

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Strategic ‘deradicalisation’ is the key to winning euroskeptic votes, writes Anton Shekhovtsov, Visiting Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Politico)

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These 56 People Have a Chance to Save Libya

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Libya's democratic transition is failing. Civil war is tearing the country apart as rival governments vie for power. An international attempt at mediation has produced few tangible results, and those in the know are pessimistic about the prospects for a deal. Meanwhile the economy is grinding to a halt; officials struggle to maintain basic services.

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Unlocking Prosperity Potential

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

True prosperity has a capitalist core, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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Burma’s Revolution From Below

Monday, 20 April 2015

In the streets, paths, and paddy fields of hundreds of Burmese towns and villages, thousands of protesters are mobilising, in creative and often radical ways, for everything from constitutional change, to educational liberalisation, to improved labor standards, to fair energy prices.

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Pomerantsev Testifies to US Congress

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, testified before the US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, on how to counter Putin's propaganda.

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FBI Director Got it Wrong on the Holocaust

Sunday, 19 April 2015

James Comey, the director of the FBI, in arguing for more Holocaust education, demonstrated just how badly he needs it himself, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Political Animal

Friday, 17 April 2015

Do poets have political responsibilities? Should novelists see themselves as defenders of democracy?

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Why Economists Need to Talk About Sex

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Next time you talk about inequality, poverty or secular stagnation, don’t forget to mention sex, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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When it Comes to Politics, the US and Britain Could Learn From Each Other

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What will the voters get out of these very different political experiences, asks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in her latest Washington Post column.

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The State and the Market Are Set for Another Needless Collision Course

Friday, 10 April 2015

Rather than returning to the battlegrounds of state versus market, we should make the twenty-first century different to the last, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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The West vs Russia

Friday, 10 April 2015

Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, participated in a 'Munk Debate' in Toronto, where the speakers made the case for, and against, cooperation between Russia and the West.

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Inside the Kremlin’s Hall of Mirrors

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Has Putin’s Russia developed a new kind of information warfare—fought in the ‘psychosphere’ rather than on the battlefield? Or is it all just a giant bluff? By Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Guardian)

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How to Make the World’s Madmen Think Twice

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The West has forgotten how deterrence has worked in a nuclear world, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

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Washington and Ankara Need Couples Therapy

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Barack Obama once described as a “close friend,” no longer appears to enjoy that status.

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Singaporeans Mourn Death of their Country's Founder

Monday, 23 March 2015

Democracy Lab editor, Christian Caryl, hails the leadership of the late Singaporean leader, Mr Lee Kuan Yew (Al Jazeera)


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Southeast Asia's Democracy Downer

Monday, 23 March 2015

And you thought the Arab Spring was disappointing.

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The Case for Quitting E-mail

Friday, 20 March 2015

Why does anyone think the State Department would have been a safer place to store Hillary Clinton’s email, asks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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An Underground Army Challenges President Sisi

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Since the popularly backed military takeover in 2013, Egypt's new government has systematically rounded up its adversaries and placed them behind bars: bloggers, youth movement leaders, religious leaders, journalists.

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Today, Tunisia Is Tested

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

 

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A Showdown in Moscow’s Power Elite

Monday, 16 March 2015

A political killing in the center of Moscow triggers an open feud between two of Russia's most powerful clans.

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Where is Best to Raise Children?

Monday, 16 March 2015

The latest Legatum Prosperity Index™ infographic shows the best countries for raising children.

Commentary

Nothing New on the Nile

Thursday, 12 March 2015

This weekend, the Egyptian government will welcome delegates from around the world to the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for an investment conference described by Egypt's investment minister, Ashraf Salman, as the “backbone” of the country's future economic growth.

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Rolling Up the Welcome Mat

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

 

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A Celebration for Womenkind—But Not in Greece

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Five years on from the country's debt crisis, International Women's Day 2015 finds women in Greece struggling with low pay, few choices and fear, writes Nikolaos Dimou, Communications Assistant at the Legatum Institute.

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The Kremlin Pulls on Georgia

Monday, 9 March 2015

As Russian forces consolidate their gains in Ukraine over the flat protests of Western leaders, the specter of Russian revanchism is keeping much of Eastern Europe on edge. But lumbering tanks and legions of insta-separatists aren't the only concern. Ukraine isn't Russia's only target.

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Reasons to Celebrate International Women's Day in the UK, Sunday, 8 March

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The vast majority of women in the UK feel free, safe, and more satisfied, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (Huffington Post)

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Mettlesome Merchants and Rapacious Rulers

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The history of trade is one of merchants bending the rules. Governments would be wise to let them, writes Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute (History Today)

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What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

Monday, 23 February 2015

What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? In this podcast for NPR, Peter Pomerantsev, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, discusses Putin's "game plan".

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What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

Monday, 23 February 2015

What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? In this podcast for NPR, Peter Pomerantsev, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, discusses Putin's "game plan".

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The Risks of Putting Germany Front and Center in Europe’s Crises

Friday, 20 February 2015

We may regret letting the German chancellor be the key to solving Europe’s looming crises in Greece and Ukraine, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (​Washington Post​)

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It's Up To Putin To Make Ukraine Ceasefire Stick

Thursday, 12 February 2015

In conversation with NPR's Robert Siegel, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, discusses the details of the Eastern Ukraine ceasefire and its prospects for success.


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Should Ukraine Be Armed?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tim Montgomerie and Anne Applebaum discuss the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine and Britain's foreign policy (​The Times​)

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Why Politicians Avoid the F-word

Monday, 9 February 2015

The family offers the best shield against increasing loneliness and isolation - our politicans mustn't be afraid to talk about it, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

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Libya Reverses a Purge

Saturday, 7 February 2015

 

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Room for Debate in Rwanda

Friday, 6 February 2015


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What Germany Owes Ukraine

Thursday, 5 February 2015


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Prosperity for All: An Introduction

Monday, 2 February 2015

Friends of capitalism need to rediscover the moral Smith as well as the market Smith, writes Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow to a new Legatum Institute programme.

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Why Britain Must Hold Russia’s Kleptocratic Elite to Account

Friday, 30 January 2015

Alexander Litvinenko’s murder has been treated as a spy story—but it is terrorism, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum (​Financial Times​)

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Why Michelle Obama Was Wrong to Not Wear a Headscarf

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Refusing to wear a headscarf risks alienating good Muslims, not bad Saudis, writes Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute.


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Staving Off Nigeria's Next Train Wreck

Tuesday, 27 January 2015




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Venezuela’s Magic Number

Saturday, 24 January 2015


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Richard Nixon’s Madman Theory Enjoys a Russian Revival

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Putin’s show of derangement is maybe a front to intimidate the west, writes Legatum Institute Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum, Peter Pomerantsev (FT)

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The World’s Next Country

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


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Prosperity Can Save the World

Friday, 16 January 2015

Security and freedom is under threat; prosperity stands between these values and violence, repression, and impunity, writes Joana Alfaiate, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute.

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News from Britain for Obama. We May Outstrip America Within Four Years.

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Legatum Prosperity Index shows the UK is gathering speed and catching up to the US when it comes to prosperity, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economic Researcher at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)

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The Problem With Libya’s Peace Talks

Friday, 16 January 2015


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Prosperity Delivers Them All

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Novella Bottini, Econometrician at the Legatum Institute reacts to the launch of a new report, launched by Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, on engineering greater, and 'inclusive', prosperity around the world (e-Politix)

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I Went Home to See My Dad—and Ended Up in Jail Myself

Thursday, 15 January 2015

 

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Why Washington Needs to Get Over Vaclav Havel

Sunday, 11 January 2015


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Religion Is Not the Enemy

Friday, 9 January 2015


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North Korea’s Incomprehensible Regime

Monday, 5 January 2015

The United States has sanctioned Pyongyang for hacking Sony. What about its responsibility for killing millions of people, asks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.

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Inside Putin’s Information War

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, gives an insider's account of Russia's TV channel industry, and why the West has every reason to be terrified (Politico)