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June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
People take part in morning prayers in Kabul Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

April 18, 2018

Human Rights
A woman from the Rohingya community from Myanmar cooks food outside her makeshift shelter in a camp in New Delhi, September 13, 2014. The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have arg…

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration enforcement during the Sheriff's Coalition Annual Spring Meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S, April 11, 2018. Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision: The U.S. Turns Its Back on Domestic Violence Victims

Sessions’ ruling in Matter of A-B- not only blocks a pathway to safety for domestic violence victims, it also undermines the United States’ reputation as one of the few true beacons of hope and liber…

November 22, 2013

Japan
Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is escorted by protocol chief Nobutake Odano upon arrival at Imperial Palace in Tokyo Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

There are times when pictures speak louder than words. An aura of the past surrounded the procession that bore U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy to the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to hi…

May 7, 2018

Global
International Cooperation Gets a Low Grade from Global Think Tank Leaders for the Second Year in a Row

The Report Card on International Cooperation gives a dismal C- to international efforts to mitigate the world’s most pressing problems in 2017, the same grade given for 2016. The Council of Councils—…

April 16, 2018

Japan
Abe May How Can Japan-UK Cybersecurity Cooperation Help ASEAN Build Cybersecurity Capacity?

Southeast Asia is a lucrative market for tech investment, and the United Kingdom wants access to it. Japan can help. 

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016. Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

January 9, 2018

South Korea
Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nat…

June 25, 2018

Russia
German Klimenko Who Was German Klimenko and What Does His Dismissal Mean for the Russian Internet?

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked his internet adviser, German Klimenko. The dismissal has injected rare optimism into those hoping for a thaw of sorts in the battle for the…

June 22, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Yemen_6.21.2018 Global Conflict This Week: June 22, 2018

Welcome to “Global Conflict This Week,” a series that highlights developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week. Stay up to date on these conflicts and others with th…