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Tribute to Center for Global Development (CGD)

Dennis Whittle has a nice post praising CGD. I couldn’t agree more, even when not agreeing on every issue with Nancy Birdsall and the brilliant staff she has hired at CGD.

I will always be grateful to Nancy from an intensely personal perspective. She courageously took me in at CGD when I had become persona non grata to the rest of the development establishment, after my first book came out in 2001. She took a big risk in giving asylum to a dissident viewed by many as divisive and dangerous, just as she was trying to launch CGD from scratch. That said a lot about what kind of person Nancy was and is, and she has deserved every bit of her subsequent success at making CGD the premier institution it is today.

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  1. Word_Bandit wrote:

    A nice tribute.

    Yes, we should always be grateful to those who extend us kindness when we need it most.

    From one dissident to another.

    Best.

    Posted October 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

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