Development

Analysis Brief

Ortega's Dramatic Comeback

The United States has vocally opposed Sandinista candidate Daniel Ortega, the winner of Nicaragua’s presidential election. But Nicaraguans are more concerned about a political pact that threatens to derail their country’s democratic institutions.

See more in Corruption and Bribery; Nicaragua

Analysis Brief

Dry and Destitute, Niger Languishes

Niger's long-running cycle of drought threatens to cause a new round of food shortages affecting millions, world relief agencies warn. International agencies, donor states, and NGOs are debating a way to break a different cycle: treating poor African states as short-term crises rather than funding longer-term solutions.

See more in Niger; Water Security

Analysis Brief

Israeli-Palestinian Violence Flares

A series of events—the latest an Israeli shelling Tuesday which killed at least nine—has shattered the relative calm between Israel and the Palestinians since the election of Hamas in January. Responding to an earlier shelling which Israel denies, Hamas called off a self-imposed truce and raised fears of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli violence.

See more in Terrorist Attacks; Palestine; Foreign Aid

Analysis Brief

Seeking a Foreign Aid Focus

The U.S. State Department, linking development to national security, is taking steps to improve coordination of the country’s fragmented foreign assistance programs. The moves hark back to the foreign aid goals of the Marshall Plan, but are seen by many as too limited.

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Article

When Women Lead Soldiers Into Battle

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Atlantic

The ban on women in ground combat, which stood in some form ever since women were first permanently integrated into the U.S. military in 1948, has been lifted and all combat roles are now open to women. Since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the new policy last December, the American military has also seen women ascend to positions in its highest ranks: Air Force General Lori Robinson became the country’s first female combatant commander, and Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star admiral.

See more in United States; Military Operations; Women