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Everyday Choices: A Conversation with Dr. Ellen Lust

October 10, 2023 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

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International development policy has often focused on the creation or strengthening of state institutions. But throughout the Global South, non-state authorities—such as tribes, ethnic groups and religious organizations—are often much more important in individuals’ lives than states. In her new book, Everyday Choices, Dr. Ellen Lust argues that these non-state actors and institutions have a strong impact on politics and developmental outcomes, and that international donors can design more effective programs and policies by recognizing these influences. 

Please join the CSIS Middle East Program for a conversation with Dr. Lust about her new book, international development policy, and the role of non-state actors and institutions in the political and economic decisions that individuals make.

Read Everyday Choices here.

This event is made possible through generous support to CSIS.

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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program