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May 24, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Syrian women hold food aid distributed by humanitarian institutions. 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.

May 4, 2018

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

September 5, 2017

Afghanistan
Afghanistan women's land rights Reforming Women's Property Rights in Afghanistan

This post is co-authored by Becky Allen, a research associate in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. On paper, the law is clear: men and women enjoy equal pr…

August 16, 2017

Egypt
Woman in front of bank in Cairo, Egypt Financing Egypt’s "Missing Middle"

This post is co-authored by Becky Allen, a research associate in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) recently launched an init…

February 20, 2013

Development
Democratic-Republic-Congo-female-women-entrepreneur-sewing-circle-entrepreneurship-poverty-reduction New From CFR: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Entrepreneurship and Poverty Reduction

In an article in the Huffington Post, CFR fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights the poverty-fighting potential of entrepreneurship, especially among women. As she writes: All around the world, and …

November 14, 2012

Wars and Conflict
gayle_lemmon_afghanistan_fast_money_entrepreneurs_innovation New From CFR: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Tech Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

In a post yesterday on Isobel Coleman’s blog and an October article in Fast Company, CFR fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses tenacious Afghan entrepreneurs who are building successful technology bu…

June 20, 2018

Mexico
Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) delivers a message after arriving at the third and final debate in Merida, Mexico June 12, 2018. Why Mexico’s Energy Reform Needs AMLO

This is a guest post by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker Inst…

February 21, 2018

Syria
Syrian refugees The Mom's Story I Could Not Forget

Some stories do not leave you. You cannot forget them long after you tell them. And you wonder, often, how they end. Here is one such story. It doesn't yet have an ending, but it is no longer wher…

February 27, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
A female employee is seen as she works at a petrol station in Cairo Improving Women’s Economic Participation in MENA Nations

This post is co-authored by Alyssa Dougherty, research associate for women and foreign policy, at the Council on Foreign Relations. The female labor force participation rate in the Middle East and…

February 21, 2017

Economics
To match feature WOMEN-JAPAN Japanese Companies Step Up to Support Working Mothers

This post is co-authored by Becky Allen, a research associate in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In a marked shift from Japan’s past, some companies are n…