This site collates various strands of my work in one place (see publications for full list of writings). Some recent pieces:

John W McArthur


On Canada

Bringing Canada ‘back’ for the long haul.” Brookings post, with Margaret Biggs (March 2016)

Welcoming a new era of global development.” Q&A at OpenCanada.org, with Margaret Biggs (January 2016)

Expat voting law ignores idea of global citizens.” Globe and Mail op-ed, with Alison Loat (September 2015)


On Global Health

No girl or woman left behind: A global imperative for 2030.” Brookings Up Front. (March 2016)

15 million success stories under the Millennium Development Goals.” Brookings UpFront post (September 2015)

Seven Million Lives Saved: Under-5 Mortality Since the Launch of the Millennium Development Goals.”  Brookings working paper (September 2014)

On Extreme Poverty

Tackle these three issues and extreme poverty will be history.” A Huffington Post blog (September 2015).

Agriculture’s role in ending extreme poverty.” A chapter from the new Brookings book on The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (July 2015).

On Agriculture and Hunger

What does ‘agriculture’ mean today? Assessing old questions with new evidence.” Brookings paper and data set. (March 2016)

Ending Rural Hunger: Mapping Needs and Actions for Food and Nutrition Security. Brookings report and interactive website, co-authored with Homi Kharas et al. (October 2015)

Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and their Effects in Economic Development.” Brookings working paper, with Gordon McCord (September 2014)

On Global Goals (MDGs and SDGs)

Who pays attention to global development goals?” Brookings post and full paper, with Christine Zhang (October 2015).

Why 17 is a beautiful number” … or “What my mom taught me about geopolitics.” Brookings Future Development post (September 2015)

The Origins of the Millennium Development Goals.” Article in the SAIS Review of International Affairs (Fall 2014)

On Climate Change

Agriculture in the COP21 Agenda.” Chapter in Brookings report, COP21 at Paris: What to expect – The issues, the actors, and the road ahead on climate change.” (November 2015)

Other topics

Asia’s local leaders could play key role in global accountability” A South China Morning Post Op-Ed (August 2013) 

Pushing the Employment Frontiers for Africa’s Rural and Urban Youth” An article in Brooking’s annual Foresight Africa report (January 2014)


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