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August 6, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Fighting FGM

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 July 23 to August 4, was compiled with su…

Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu.

July 23, 2018

Cybersecurity
Report Watch Vol. VII: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: internet shutdowns, cyber wargames, and defending democracies from disinformation campaigns.

House of Lords Library

February 8, 2018

Turkey
General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

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November 13, 2017

Turkey
Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

Turkey media

June 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Norwegian Refugee Council Highlights Neglected Crises

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a highly respected, independent non-governmental organization that works with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), has released its annual list of th…

Women receive food aid in Nigeria.

June 5, 2017

China
Does a Banking Crisis Lead to a Currency Crisis? (The Case of China)

One key question around China is pretty straight forward: will losses in China’s banks and shadow banks—whether on their lending to Chinese firms or their lending to investment vehicles of local gove…

Tracking the Yuan

May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Internally Displaced Continue to Grow in 2016

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have issued a report indicating that there were 31 million persons world-wide newly internally displaced in …

Displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

May 18, 2017

Iran
Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

a girl holds a poster of Rouhani

April 17, 2017

Turkey
RIP Turkey, 1921–2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum—he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history.

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March 20, 2017

Media
Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world—and we're headed that way fast.

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