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March 22, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Access to Financial Services and Women’s Economic Empowerment

  Women’s financial inclusion is positively correlated with economic growth at both the household and global levels. Yet women at the bottom of the pyramid are 28 percent less likely than men to h…

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May 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Relations

The U.S.-Saudi relationship, long bound by common interests in oil and security, has shown strains over what some analysts see as waning U.S. involvement in the Middle East and a more assertive Saudi…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

April 10, 2017

United States
U.S. Security Amid Budget Cuts: A Conversation with Senator Chris Murphy

As Congress considers President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the State Department and USAID, Senator Murphy unveils a dramatically different approach that calls for a near doubling of the internat…

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June 22, 2016

Global
Biotechnology: The Potential and Perils of Innovation

Experts discuss the latest developments in synthetic biology and biotechnology, and their implications for U.S. national security over the next decade.

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May 5, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
How Arab Youth See the Middle East

Experts discuss public opinion trends among Arab youth, including perceptions of economic opportunities, religion, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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January 29, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Chris Murphy on the Roots of Radical Extremism

Chris Murphy discusses U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

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October 2, 2015

Development
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Sustainable Development Goals Adopted

The biggest achievement of the past week’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York was the adoption of a new fifteen-year plan for global development. Replacing the soon-to-expire Millenni…

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses attendees during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 27, 2015. More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27, 2015 at United Nations in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda, a press statement by the U.N. stated (Reuters/Mike Segar).

May 18, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
What to Do About The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Experts evaluate U.S. policy options in approaching the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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May 13, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
More on Nigeria’s South African Mercenaries

After almost five years of reverses, the Nigerian federal government largely cleared Boko Haram fighters from the territories they occupied in Borno state–in about five weeks. The Nigerian government…

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