The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently published the book Educating All Children: A Global Agenda that considers the challenges of achieving universal basic and secondary education globally. In addition to co-editors, David Bloom, Joel Cohen and Martin Malin, leading experts who contributed to the book include Aaron Benevot, Paul Glewwe, Michael Kremer, and Melissa Binder. The research suggests that achieving universal primary and secondary education is not only urgently needed but also feasible with commitments of economic, human, and political resources by the international community.
Co-editor Joel Cohen, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joined us to speak about why universal secondary education is important. Professor Melissa Binder, author of the chapter on the cost of providing universal secondary education, also presented her findings.
This meeting was presented by the International Institutions and Global Governance Program and the Women and Foreign Policy Program.
Following the release of her report on the status of women in Afghanistan, Catherine Powell moderates a discussion with Open Society Foundations' Rachel Reid and the U.S. Department of Defense's David Sedney on the role the United States can play in extending the progress of Afghan in women in education, the economy, health care, and beyond.
With the United States eager to withdraw from Afghanistan and reconciliation with the Taliban considered key to any peace process, Afghan women's rights are once again in question, writes CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
The United States should see family planning as a foreign policy priority that leads to healthier and more prosperous societies, and should increase funding, resources and support for those countries with the highest unmet need, argues CFR's Isobel Coleman.
In awarding the prize to three women activists, the Nobel committee is honoring the fact that women's full participation in society is essential to peace, says CFR's Isobel Coleman.
Unless more investment is forthcoming, the MDG goals promoting gender equality and reducing maternal mortality may remain unmet, says CFR'S Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
Following the 2009 disputed Iran presidential election, CFR's Isobel Coleman, a leading expert on women's issues, says that if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory stands, "you'll see a much more restricted Iran." This will "fall heavily on women, but it won't stop them," she says.
Deep-seated institutional shortcomings are becoming an increasingly significant factor in the injustices suffered by women in India today.
The most pressing global problems simply won't be solved without the participation of women, writes Melanne Verveer for Foreign Policy.
In Egypt and Tunisia, women are both hopeful and fearful about what the Arab revolutions might mean for them. But as constitutions in these countries are being rewritten, women hope to push their own liberation.
Through several intimate portraits, Jenny Nordberg of the New York Times examines the unique social pressures that Afghan families face to rear male children, and the associated practice of disguising daughters as sons to fill a cultural void.
Seyran Ates, a practicing Muslim, charges that Germany has been downplaying human rights--and women's rights in particular--in an effort to remain politically correct with respect to religious practices.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Malcolm Potts argues that Afghanistan will turn into a failed state if Afghan women remain "enslaved" in the nation's patriarchal society.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
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
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