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May 7, 2018

Emerging Markets
Should We Fear a Tighten Tantrum? Should We Fear a Tighten Tantrum?

Back in May 2013, then-Fed Chair Ben Bernanke roiled emerging markets (EM) with the mere suggestion that the Fed might soon pare back its monthly asset purchases under so-called quantitative easi…

April 23, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Entrepreneur Samar Hijjo developed ''Baby Sitter," a mobile application aimed at raising awareness of women during pregnancy and after child birth; here she works at UCAS Technology Incubator office in Gaza City, October 31, 2016. We-Fi’s Success Cannot Come Soon Enough: Here's How to Make That Happen

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, announced its first funding allocations last week at the World Bank Spring Meetings, dedicating $120 million to programs that support women entre…

April 25, 2018

Defense and Security
President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. How Representative Is the All-Volunteer U.S. Military?

The U.S. military’s all-volunteer force has drawn on a shrinking pool of Americans, raising questions about the model’s viability.

April 13, 2018

Syrian Civil Warn Civil War
A girl evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Douma arrives in northern Syria. What Are U.S. Military Options in Syria?

Military threats to deter chemical attacks have so far failed to restrain the Syrian regime, and they risk escalating the horrific conflict even further.

April 5, 2018

Corruption
The building of what used to be a Palestinian presidential palace is seen after it was turned into a national library, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 28, 2017. Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

Civil Society does exist in the Palestinian territories, and one of the strongest organizations is the one that fights corruption: The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. It was established i…

March 30, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
African-Free-Trade-Area-Kigali-Civil-Service-Tariffs Are Africa’s Civil Servants Ready for the New Free Trade Deal?

While no one disputes the merits of boosting intra-African trade, a host of formidable obstacles stand in the way of realizing the Agreement’s vision, not least among them the ability of governments, and the people in them, to follow through on their promises.

March 23, 2018

China
U.S. President Donald J. Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on November 9, 2017. Emperor Xi Meets Donald Trump Thought

Together, China’s rise and Trump’s reactions threaten to bury the liberal international order and limit Sino-American cooperation, and tensions could well spill over into other regions and global cha…

March 9, 2018

World Trade Organization (WTO)
WTO/Reuters Trump, China, and Steel Tariffs: The Day the WTO Died

President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will destroy an already weakened World Trade Organization.

April 3, 2012

Syria
Merits of a Syrian Cease-Fire

A deadline for cease-fire in Syria is set, but the international community remains divided on ways forward. CFR’s Ed Husain says many questions remain about opposition unity, leadership transition, a…