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December 20, 2018

Japan
Japan's Active Defenses

The Abe cabinet announced its new ten-year defense plan this week, promising to spend 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) over the next five years on Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF). Eye-catching in the…

A U.S. Air Force F-16 (left) escorts a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A (right) over the Pacific Ocean on November 6, 2017.

November 27, 2018

United States
Now's the Time to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment could find new life 46 years after it passed in Congress, only to fall short of the 38 states necessary for ratification. Now Virginia may be the state to resurrect the con…

An activist uses a mobile phone as she participates in a demonstration for women's rights on January 21, 2018.

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

September 7, 2018

Afghanistan
The Future for Peace in Afghanistan is Much Brighter

Women are at the center of a push for an Afghanistan whose future looks different from its past. Recently, female activists spent days poring over a letter they wrote that urges the United Nations to…

Afghan women mourn inside a hospital compound after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

July 16, 2018

Syria
Sixteen and Married: Why Identity Matters for Syrian Girls

Ensuring that displaced women and girls have official identification is a critical step toward reducing rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees.

Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, plays with her friend outside their residence in Al Zaatari refugee camp.

July 12, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
Stop Fighting about Breastfeeding and Face this Reality

Amidst controversy over the World Health Organization's breastfeeding resolution, we should move beyond the domestic political question to the global policy matter: does international policy do enoug…

Syrian refugee Burooq Al Zubi, 21, breastfeeds her nine-month-old son Fares at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq.

June 19, 2018

Cybersecurity
The Theft and Reuse of Advanced Offensive Cyber Weapons Pose A Growing Threat

Almost exactly a year ago, North Korea and Russia reused a vulnerability stolen from the U.S. government to conduct the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks. Is the theft and reuse of vulnerabili…

NSA

May 24, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Arab Women in Syria Join the Fight — and the Movement

After the liberation of Raqqa, Syria, women are returning to the city with their families and taking on new roles in the rebuilding process.

Syrian women hold food aid distributed by humanitarian institutions.

May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
The ISIS Bride Problem: Don't Take It Out on the Children

Foreign ISIS wives still in Syria live in dust-coated tents, or sometimes in prison rooms, alongside their children, inhabiting a legal purgatory until one authority or another figures out what to do…

Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

April 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. This approach is one worth considering outside of Hollywood—including in the con…

U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura with members of the Women Advisory Board during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 2016.