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May 18, 2018

Drug Policy
Play Opioids Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Speakers examine the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and compare global responses to opioid addiction, discuss the effects on the U.S. economy and labor force, and explore potential medi…

May 18, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
U.N. Secretary general Antonio Guterres listens to women leaders in Kenya. Women This Week: Parity at the UN

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 12 to May 18, was compiled with suppo…

May 17, 2018

China
Play Chinese President Xi Jinping 'The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State' by Elizabeth C. Economy

Elizabeth C. Economy discusses her forthcoming book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, which analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping. 

May 17, 2018

Digital Policy
Irish abortion referendum How Europe and Canada Are Fighting Foreign Political Ads on Social Media

New Facebook data reveals that foreign advertisers may have tried to influence the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion. More proof that ad transparency initiatives for social media are necessary to…

May 17, 2018

Venezuela
Podcast A woman protests against upcoming presidential elections in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela Holds Election and U.S. North Korea Summit in Peril

A presidential election in Venezuela, South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets President Donald Trump in Washington, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, and Brit…

May 16, 2018

West Africa
Play Sirleaf Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy With Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discusses the importance of women's involvement in development and democracy in Africa.

May 16, 2018

Argentina
How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need? How Many Reserves Does a Country Like Argentina Need?

The IMF’s reserve metric tends to overstate the reserve needs of current account surplus countries with little external debt, and understates the reserve needs of current account deficit countries wi…

May 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Herdsmen-Killings-Christians Nigerian Catholic and Tiv Leaders Respond to Violence in the Middle Belt

There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City. The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

May 15, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
CPTPP signing What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.