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November 20, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
girls in pakistan Can Tackling Childcare Fix STEM’s Gender Diversity Problem?

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Rudaba Zehra Na…

July 7, 2015

Defense and Security
IS Car Bomb in Sanaa June 29 2015 Guest Post: The Rise of the Islamic State in Yemen

Samantha Andrews is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today’s reported car bombing in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, is further evidence that, while the sel…

June 10, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Commanding officers salute during a parade for the Nigeria Army's 150th anniversary celebration in Abuja, July 6, 2013. (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters) Nigeria’s Churning Is About More Than Elite Politics

This post was co-authored by John Campbell and  Jim Sanders. Jim was a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are their personal views. The …

May 9, 2014

United States
Residents arrive on foot to inspect their homes in the al-Hamdeya neighborhood, after the cessation of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, in Homs May 9, 2014 (al-Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Latest Agreement and a New U.S. Ambassador for Egypt

Significant Developments Syria. Regime forces took complete control of Homs today as part of a deal struck with armed rebels allowing for nearly 1,700 opposition fighters to evacuate the city with l…

March 31, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
A police officer keeps watch during a protest against the elimination of a popular fuel subsidy that has doubled the price of petrol, in Nigeria's capital Abuja January 9, 2012. r armed What Happened Sunday Morning in Abuja?

According to the Nigerian media, there was heavy gunfire that may have lasted some hours very close to Aso Rock, the presidential villa, starting at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The gunfire appea…

August 29, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burnt houses and ashes are pictured in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, April 21, 2013. The Different Faces of Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, an analyst of African Affairs for the Washington D.C.-based think tank, The Jamestown Foundation, and a contributor to the West Point CTC Sentinel. This August, N…

August 15, 2013

United States
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry a man who was wounded by rubber bullets and affected by tear gas during clashes with riot police on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo July 15, 2013 (Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Brutal Crackdown, Syrian-Related Diplomacy, and Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate

Significant Developments Egypt. President Barack Obama today strongly condemned the Egyptian military’s use of force and announced the cancellation of next month’s joint U.S.-Egyptian "Bright Star" …

August 9, 2013

Defense and Security
A military police trooper checks a car at a checkpoint in Sanaa You Might Have Missed: Drone Strikes in Yemen, AQAP, Kissinger on Africa

Maria Abi-Habib, Margaret Coker, and Siobhan Gorman, Yemen Steps Back From Terror-Plot Claims, Highlighting U.S.’s Challenge, The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2013. Estimates vary about the number…

February 2, 2005

IRAQ: The Sunnis

This publication is now archived. What role will Sunnis play in the new Iraq?Sunni Arabs make up some 15 percent to 20 percent of Iraq’s population, but they dominated the country’s government and ec…

July 26, 2012

United States
 A Free Syrian Army soldier steps on portraits of President Bashar al-Assad at the Bab Al-Salam border crossing to Turkey on July 22, 2012 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters).  Middle East Matters This Week: Syria Braces for Showdown While Egypt Slowly Forms a Government

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Fighting raged today in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, where troops loyal to the regime and rebel fighters prepared for large-scale confrontation. Rebel fo…