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In February, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Isobel Coleman met with business leaders, academics, journalists, and civic activists in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Among Wittes and Coleman's key findings are that many Saudis welcomed the emergence of a more open atmosphere, pointing to King Abdullah's ascension to the throne, dynamism in neighboring Gulf states, and a new "post-post-9/11" environment as key catalysts for the change. Yet, there was frustration at the unpredictability and arbitrariness of the newly expanded social and political space. The next U.S. administration may have a new, but narrow, window of opportunity to reintroduce itself to Saudi Arabia. Many Saudis argued for the creation of a deeper, multi-dimensional relationship between both countries that engages civil society, not just the government and business sectors.
Watch Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, discuss how human security has changed over the course of her career, as part of the CFR Global Women Leaders Series, sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.
Listen to Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, discuss how human security has changed over the course of her career, as part of the CFR Global Women Leaders Series, sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.
Weston S. Konishi questions whether the Okinawa rape crisis will result in U.S. troop withdrawals from Japan.
Speakers discuss implications of universal secondary education.
Michael Gerson writes that, “by one estimate, 27,000 women and girls were raped in eastern Congo in 2006. The hospital has seen victims as young as 3.”
More than six years since the Taliban’s ouster, violence against women seeking to broaden their rights continues. But some experts see reason for hope.
Although women have made large strides professionally over the last century, politics remains a man's world. Significant barriers stand in the way of more women assuming positions of political leadership -- not least women's own attitudes. If serious efforts are not made to break down these barriers, the world will miss out on the benefits that women can bring to policymaking.
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From 1991 to 1992, the Japanese government conducted research about human rights violations in Japan regarding sex slaves (known as "comfort women"); the study established the Asian Women's Fund, which worked in Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia to redress victims. This policy details Japan's actions to address human rights issues and learn from history.
Japan's recent denial of its historic role in the coercion of “comfort women” raises questions about official apologies.
As Islamabad attempts to reform laws related to women, the death of a female politician underscores advances and obstacles to women’s rights in Pakistan.
A recent rape charge in Iraq has ignited a storm of sectarianism and called into question the treatment of rape victims under Islamic law.
In this report Amnesty International says that thousands of women have been raped in Sudan and Chad since the armed conflict began in Darfur in 2003. There have certainly been thousands. The names of 250 women who had been raped, and harrowing information about their cases, were recorded by Amnesty International on a 10-day visit to just three refugee camps in Chad in 2004. Recent months have seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of rapes as Darfur has been plunged into new fighting. In just one camp in Darfur, Kalma camp, the International Rescue Committee reported that rapes of women rose from under four to 200 a month during five weeks in July and August 2006. Overall, despite the presence of an African Union peacekeeping force (African Union Mission in Sudan, AMIS) and international awareness of what is happening in Darfur, in 2006 rapes and other violence against women and girls have increased, not diminished.
Strategic Studies Institute report on the empowerment of women in post-Saddam Iraq. It identifies security and economic obstacles to change, and says that women's rights depend heavily on local interpretations of personal status, penal, and other legal codes.
UNICEF released its 2007 annual report, titled Women And Children: The Double Dividend of Gender Equality.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More