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April 26, 2018

Human Rights
Why We Must Never Give Up on Democracy

In Nicaragua and Armenia today, people are rising up against tyranny and demanding human rights and democratic rights. Nicaragua has been suffering under a decade of misrule and deepening tyranny …

Demonstrators protest against police violence and the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua on April 23, 2018.

April 20, 2018

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.

April 19, 2018

Puerto Rico
The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

The power is off in Puerto Rico, again. It may not be restored for a day or two. Puerto Rico obviously has yet to fully recover from Maria’s devastation. Tax revenues this fiscal year are off by o…

The Oversight Board’s Latest Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico is Still Too Optimistic

April 9, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: #MeToo at the UN

#MeToo at the United Nations, Malaysia drafts women’s rights bill, and British parliamentarians launch #PayMeToo effort

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

April 5, 2018

Mexico
Mexico's Election Could Leave Its Economy in Limbo — No Matter Who Wins

Pena Nieto’s structural reforms in Mexico have yielded a few quick gains, mostly in telecom prices and access to credit, but most of the benefits are yet to come. However many may not, as justified frustration with the government’s fiscal mismanagement and corruption leads voters to turn away from a more open economic model before the advantages appear.

A union worker holds a placard as she protests outside Pemex headquarters to demand better contracts for technicians and other professionals, in Mexico City, Mexico November 7, 2017. The placard reads: "The oil is from the nation"

March 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
#MeToo Hits the Humanitarian Aid Sector: Time to Close the Accountability Gap

Recent allegations of sexual abuse in Syria illuminate the difficulty of holding aid workers accountable for sexual crimes in war zones. As the humanitarian aid sector faces its own #metoo moment, th…

A Syrian woman displaced from Raqa walks carrying a child at the al-Karamah camp

March 15, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The UN Secretary-General's Call for Regulating Cyberwar Raises More Questions Than Answers

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently complained about the lack of rules for state activity in cyberspace. His statements raised a few eyebrows, especially given that successive UN groups ha…

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March 19, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women Around the World: This Week

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 March 9 to March 19, was compiled with su…

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March 15, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa's Billionaires

Sub-Saharan Africa Has Fourteen Billionaires, eight of whom are in South Africa and seven of whom are white.

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March 1, 2018

NAFTA
NAFTA's Biggest Challenge May Come After the Deal

Elections in Mexico and the U.S. could spell doom for any new agreement.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks before the start of a trilateral meeting with Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.