The issue of women in combat per se was no longer a question," said Secretary of DefenseAshton Carter on Thursday as he declared that all jobs in the United States military would at last be open to all Americans.
Two women on Friday will become first to graduate from Army Ranger School. They will be leading the way for many others who will follow, writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
The author of Ashley’s War, the story of a groundbreaking all-women special ops team in Afghanistan, explains how the movement to allow women in ground combat parallels the push to legalize same-sex unions.
When Americans think of veterans, they rarely think of women; that must change
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses the killing of twenty-seven-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman accused of burning pages of the Quran, and the public outcry that followed her death.
Though we may be disturbed by Isis’s Manifesto for Women, it also provides a manual for how we fight back in the propaganda war.
If we don't act now, it may not be long before we see women committing acts of terror in Western cities
Following Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about why governments, international organizations, and nonprofits should act now to extend girls’ access to education globally.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights actress Emma Watson's speech on feminism at the United Nations. While she extols the importance of celebrity power in popularizing women's rights issues, she calls for increased action to create "visible, on-the-ground gains in the lives of ordinary women and men."
Despite headlines about cruel acts of violence and discrimination against women, Isobel Coleman discusses the changing status of women and girls and argues that women and girls have made significant and undeniable gains over the past few decades.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon examines "hashtag activism" and social media reactions to recent occurences of violence against women for CNN Opinion.
Isobel Coleman discusses the effects of Iraq's Jaafari Personal Status Law, highlighting how the law could erode women's rights and exacerbate sectarian tensions in the country.
Peter Orszag proposes a tax deduction for secondary earners that he argues will bolster incentives for them to find work.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon compares the number of women in tech start-ups in the Arab world to that of other regions.
On the International Day of the Girl, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon revisits statistics surrounding child marriage in 2013.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's role in advancing women's rights on the U.S. foreign policy agenda.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon examines women's rights in Afghanistan.
In a Room for Debate blog post for the New York Times, Isobel Coleman discusses Hillary Clinton's legacy as former secretary of state
After former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's speech on April 5, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon observes, "the Clinton megaphone no longer requires a Washington translator."
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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