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A group of Nigerian human trafficking survivors sit together in a shelter near Moscow. Maxim Shemetov/REUTERS

As the Global Economy Melts Down, Human Trafficking Is Booming

Desperate families face risky job offers, dubious loans, and online predators. Read More

Race and Ethnicity
“Viral Justice”: Interconnected Pandemics as Portal to Racial Justice
In this piece (which is part of a special Just Security “Racing National Security” symposium), Catherine Powell argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a window into the pandemics of policing, poverty, and racism around the globe. National security observers need to broaden the lens for analysis beyond military security—and what Trump today (and Nixon in the 1970s) opportunistically calls “law and order”—to encompass economic, physical, and human security.
Women and Women's Rights
Why Gender Provisions in Peace Agreements are Not Enough to Ensure Post-Conflict Progress for Women
New research published by New York University in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders finds that quotas lead to better long-term political outcomes for women than gender provisions in peace agreements.
Human Trafficking
Modern Slavery Research Methods: Enabling Data-Driven Decisions
This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery. This post was authored by Laura Gauer Bermudez, director of evidence and learning, April Stewart, senior evidence and learning associate, and Shannon Stewart, senior data scientist, and at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS).
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    Understanding Gender Equality in Foreign Policy: What the United States Can Do
    A new report by Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein offers a comprehensive overview of how countries around the world are integrating gender equality as a foreign policy priority, and how the United States can advance security and economic growth by drawing on the benefits of women’s empowerment globally.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Abortion in the Time of COVID-19
    Responses to COVID-19 mean women and girls are now more likely to face challenges accessing quality reproductive health care, especially in rural or marginalized communities.
  • Human Trafficking
    COVID-19, Migrant Labor, and the Case for Labor Recruitment Reform
    This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery. This post was authored by Jeff Bond, associate director, Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS).
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community
    Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs community, sharing their personal experiences, challenges, and recommendations.
  • Peacekeeping
    UN Peacekeeping Recognizes that Women are Key to Lasting Peace amid COVID-19
    The contributions of women peacekeepers are critical in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as peace operations protect civilians where violence continues, and support ongoing peace processes and elections as they adjust to coronavirus-related constraints.
  • Coronavirus
    Investment in Childcare Key to Private Sector's COVID-19 Response
    Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is authored by Hans Peter Lankes, vice president of economics and private sector development, International Finance Corporation (IFC). 
  • Coronavirus
    Millions at Risk of Gender-Based Violence if COVID-19 Pandemic is Prolonged
    Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is authored by Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).