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- Economic development : Add brief definition or description
- Insurgency : A wide range of political and military actions intended to change a government, through means considered illegal by that government.
- Transnational spillover from insurgency : Add brief definition or description
- World Bank : Collective name for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and its affiliates: the International Finance Corporation, organized in 1950 to provide long-term project financing to developing countries; and the International Development Association, formed in 1960 to make long-term loans at low interest rates.
- International Monetary Fund : International organization that oversees the global financial system by stabilizing international exchange rates and facilitating development, and offering highly leveraged loans mainly to poorer countries.
- Millennium Challenge Act : United States enabling legislation for carrying out activities related to the UN Millennium Development Goals
- Center for Global Development : A think tank and interest group concerned with the interactions of globalization with the poorer countries of the world
- Highly Indebted Poor Country : Add brief definition or description
- Failed state : A nation or quasi-nation unable to deliver minimal governance services to its citizens; there may not even be a functioning government
- C. Christine Fair : Political scientist, specializing in South Asian military affairs, for the RAND Corporation; author of Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations
- Globalization : The interaction of peoples, cultures, and businesses worldwide, which tend to overcome traditional national and cultural boundaries
- Samuel Huntington : An American political scientist, futurist and sociologist (1927-2008), with numerous academic and government posts; well known for his "clash of civilizations" theories and analysis of the motivations of soldiers
- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order : A book, by Samuel Huntington, assuming a fundamental conflict between civilizations of different cultures, and discussing grand strategy to deal with this conflict
- Thomas P. M. Barnett : A U.S. strategic theorist and writer in futures studies, best known for the book The Pentagon's New Map giving a structure for globalization
- The Pentagon's New Map : A book on grand strategy and world development by Thomas P. M. Barnett, which postulates that world conflict is chiefly due to lack of "connectedness" of nations to the information-intensive core of nations; he also proposes a partnership, in peace enforcement, between the high-technology "takedown" function and the "nation-building" role
- Francis Fukuyama : Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, author and government adviser on global development and foreign policy; in and out of neoconservatism; adjunct fellow, Hudson Institute; director, National Endowment for Democracy, New America Foundation
- Clifford Zinnes : Expert, IRIS Center for economic research and Faculty Affiliate, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Former Fellow, Belfer Center Intrastate Conflict Program; Former Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School