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January 30, 2006

Elections and Voting
Bronson: Hamas Victory ‘A True Setback’ for Bush Administration’s Democracy Campaign

Rachel Bronson, who heads CFR’s Middle East and Gulf Studies program, says the Bush administration’s expectations that as a Middle East country “democratizes” it would move away from terrorism seem t…

August 3, 2005

Saudi Arabia
Bronson: King Abdullah’s Ascension Seen as Important ‘Plus’ by Washington

Rachel Bronson, the Council’s top expert on Saudi Arabia, says the death of King Fahd and the ascension of Crown Prince Abdullah to the throne will be welcomed by both Saudi society and the United St…

February 11, 2003

Iraq
Bronson Finds Many Arab States Wary of U.S. Postwar Policy

Rachel Bronson, the Council on Foreign Relations’ director of Middle East studies, says she finds “enormous opposition” among Arab states to a possible United States invasion of Iraq and its aftermat…

April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

February 5, 2019

Afghanistan
Women This Week: Rights at Risk

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 January 26 to February 2, was compiled wi…

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

March 7, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day: Pushing for Parity in Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

February 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Human Trafficking Isn’t Just Morally Repugnant. It’s Also a Security Threat.

Last month, Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency made a startling announcement: It had collected evidence that some 20,000 Nigerian women and girls are being held in brothels in Mali. Among those discov…

#BringBackOurGirls campaigners raise candles during a candle light gathering marking the 500th day since the abduction of girls in Chibok, Nigeria. August 27, 2015.

January 22, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women March Worldwide

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 January 12 to January 19, was compiled wi…

Participants listen to speakers outside City Hall during the Women's March in Toronto.

April 4, 2019

China
China's Coming Current Account Deficit?

Any economy that saves 45 percent of GDP will tend to run a current account surplus, China included. Keeping its current account surplus down takes extraordinary (though largely off-budget) fiscal ef…

China's Coming Current Account Deficit?

January 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia Stops "Secret Divorces"

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 January 5 to January 11, was compiled wit…

Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.