The Patent Politics Puzzle

US President Barack Obama, during his visit to India this week, intends to highlight the strategically essential US-India relationship and shore up support for a wide variety of shared policy interests. Perhaps less visible, but at the top of Mr Obama’s agenda is to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi into changing India’s intellectual property rules […]


Lancet: Political factors behind US global AIDS programmes slow-down

In 2011, following scientific evidence that confirmed antiretroviral therapy (ART) is among the most effective methods of preventing HIV transmission US President Barack Obama announced a major policy shift to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic by substantially increasing support for HIV treatment in Africa.


The Politics of Transition & The Economics of HIV: AIDS & PEPFAR in South Africa

PEPFAR South Africa has been among the world’s most successful foreign aid efforts, taking antiretroviral treatment to scale in a time of South African government inaction. Political change in South Africa and the United States is now restructuring that relationship just as scientific advance shows the opportunity for significant incidence and mortality declines. As South […]


Governance and transparency at PEPFAR

From Lancet Global Health, January 2014. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programmes in history. It reached 6·7 million people with antiretroviral therapy in 2013,1 and has also strengthened country health systems, provided billions of dollars in aid to biomedical and behavioural prevention programmes, and […]


TRIPping Up Least Developed Countries on Medicines, Green Tech, and Textbooks?

The World Trade Organization struggles for relevance in a world that embraces diversity Originally appeared on Foreign Policy In Focus As Brazilian Ambassador Roberto Azevedo won the race to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week, he must have been at least a little worried about taking over an organization that even leading members […]