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February 13, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Iran women protests Women Around the World: This Week

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 February 3 to February 13, was compiled w…

November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

June 20, 2014

Bangladesh
Bangladesh_Garment_Industry Bangladesh: Behemoth Garment Industry Weathers the Storm

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to participate in an excellent conference focused on Bangladesh, its development, and its garment industry hosted by Harvard University. The organizers did a tr…

May 5, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

It looks like U.S. President Donald J. Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no s…

September 12, 2005

United States
Suzanne Helm Named New VP of Development

Council President Richard N. Haass named Suzanne E. Helm, an administrator with twenty years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising, as vice president of development. “We are thrilled that someo…

January 18, 2017

Asia
A dye factory worker suns fabric after washing them in Narayanganj near Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 25, 2016 (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain). Fighting Bangladesh’s Sweatshops

In late December, tens of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers went on strike, shutting down over fifty factories making fast-fashion clothes for international brands including Gap, H&M, and Zara…

January 9, 2017

China
india-women-migrant-workers India’s Migration Gender Gap

Rachel Brown is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the second part of a series on migration trends in India and China. In 1966, Indira Gandhi assumed …

January 9, 2017

Human Rights
bensouda-congo-icc_rtx2qjkr Trump Should Support the International Criminal Court

With the presidential transition underway, observers have noted with concern President-elect Trump’s hostility toward international institutions. As CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick notes, “[T]here …

January 22, 2018

Russia
Play US and Russia flags Digital Discord: The View From Russia

A panel of Russian independent journalists and founders of digital media startups will provide their perspective on U.S. coverage of the discord between the two countries, and discuss how it relates …

May 31, 2012

Human Rights
Advancing Human Rights in the UN System

Overview In this Working Paper, Suzanne Nossel discusses how the United Nations' main human rights body, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has changed for the better since the United States joi…