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March 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi soldiers walk by oil tanker trucks delivered by Saudi authorities to support charities and NGOs in Marib, Yemen January 26, 2018. Picture taken January 26, 2018. Thirty Years of U.S. Arms Sales to Middle East Endogenous to Unstable Oil Prices, Research Shows

As the White House hosts Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today, policy makers need to be reminded that any new arms sales across the Middle East could become part of a repeating pernicious cyc…

June 18, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
An activist uses a mobile phone as she participates in a demonstration for women's rights on January 21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. How Social Media Has Reshaped Feminism

While women are still underrepresented in media generally, social media encourages a more level playing field, allowing for the voices of women from a wider array of backgrounds and countries, with o…

June 18, 2018

Conflict Prevention
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo More, Better Assessments Can Help Prevent Conflict

The United States could do more to effectively help prevent violent conflicts around the world.

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Jean-Jacques Badibanga,  James Stewart, and Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda are seen in a court room of the ICC before the delivery of the judgment in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba in the Hague, 2016. Women This Week: Impunity at the ICC

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 June 9 to June 15, was compiled with supp…

June 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
A man digs through some mine waste searching for leftover cobalt. The Cobalt Boom

Demand has skyrocketed for cobalt, focusing attention on its complex and controversial supply chain. The element is an important component in lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

June 14, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
HydroMiner CEO Nadine Damblon at their cryptocurrency farming operation in Austria. April 25, 2018 Cryptocurrencies for Change: Why We Need Women on the Blockchain

As blockchain and cryptocurrencies pioneer new frontiers in finance and beyond, we should be worried about the industry's gender disparity.

June 14, 2018

Emerging Markets
Emerging Markets Under Pressure Emerging Markets Under Pressure

Emerging markets have come under a bit of pressure recently, with the combination of the dollar’s rise and higher U.S. ten year rates serving as the trigger. The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India…

June 12, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Kallie-Kriel-AfriForum U.S. and Foreign Governments Should Be Skeptical of AfriForum's Lobbying

AfriForum, a self-described Afrikaner rights group, has positioned itself as an especially vocal critic of land expropriation, which the group views as an existential threat to white South Africans. In their campaign against expropriation without compensation, AfriForum has launched appeals abroad, raising the specter of the murder of white farmers and stoking fears of “white genocide” among American, European, and Australian leaders and media outlets. 

June 12, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a G7 and Gender Equality Advisory Council meeting as part of a G7 summit in the Charlevoix. Canada Called for a Feminist G7: Did Charlevoix Deliver?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised unprecedented emphasis on women and girls over the course of this year’s Group of Seven (G7) deliberations. A group of women’s rights organizations ass…