Tag Archive for: "governance"
Afghanistan comes full circle

Afghanistan has come full circle. Twenty years after having been evicted from Kabul by US and allied forces, the Taliban are back in control of the Afghan capital and most of the rest of the …

Building better bureaucracies

On 8 April, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will close France’s elite postgraduate school for training public leaders, the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA). Macron, himself an énarque (as graduates are known), says he …

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

Covid-19 has offered some tough but useful lessons about governance. Many wealthy countries didn’t manage the crisis as well as anticipated, whereas many poorer, more populous and vulnerable countries exceeded expectations. The difference raises important …

Lebanon’s ingrained instability

The famous Lebanese American writer, poet and visual artist Khalil Gibran (1883–1931) once reflectively wrote about his country of birth: ‘You have your Lebanon and its dilemma. I have my Lebanon and its beauty.’ While …

Not another Arab Spring

‘A spectre is haunting the rich world. It is the spectre of ungovernability’, began an editorial in The Economist earlier this year, paraphrasing the opening line of The Communist Manifesto. But it is not only …