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August 6, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu. Women This Week: Fighting FGM

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 July 23 to August 4, was compiled with su…

July 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
House of Lords Library Report Watch Vol. VII: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: internet shutdowns, cyber wargames, and defending democracies from disinformation campaigns.

June 29, 2018

Wars and Conflict
The Chakmarkul refugee camp is seen after a storm, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on June 10, 2018. Global Conflict This Week: June 29, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

February 8, 2018

Turkey
Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

August 22, 2017

Afghanistan
Carlos Barria/Reuters Trump’s Path to Indefinite Afghan War

President Trump’s much-anticipated Afghan policy rightly avoids troop withdrawal timelines but offers little prospect for progress against the durable Taliban.

June 27, 2013

Democratization
Statistical Evidence

In this chapter preview from Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions, Jan Teorell evaluates a range of political, economic, and social factors in light of the …

June 5, 2017

China
Tracking the Yuan Does a Banking Crisis Lead to a Currency Crisis? (The Case of China)

One key question around China is pretty straight forward: will losses in China’s banks and shadow banks—whether on their lending to Chinese firms or their lending to investment vehicles of local gove…

June 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Women receive food aid in Nigeria. Norwegian Refugee Council Highlights Neglected Crises

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a highly respected, independent non-governmental organization that works with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), has released its annual list of th…

May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Internally Displaced Continue to Grow in 2016

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have issued a report indicating that there were 31 million persons world-wide newly internally displaced in …

May 25, 2017

Afghanistan
Afghan security forces Did Killing Mullah Mansour Work?

In May 2016, President Barack Obama authorized a U.S. military drone strike that killed Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour. A year later, we can judge whether this leadership “decapitation” strike…