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November 13, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, a board member of Lyft and Ariel Financial, and a senior advisor to the media company Attn. As…

January 13, 2015

Global
United Nations' Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins Columbia University's George Rupp, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work arou…

March 24, 2016

Cuba
Make Believe About Education in Cuba

"Cuba has an extraordinary resource – a system of education which values every boy and every girl." This is a remarkable statement to make about a communist dictatorship. It is disturbing and disapp…

June 22, 2015

Cuba
The Cuban Renaissance: The Good, the Bad, and the Necessary

This is a guest post by Valerie Wirtschafter, a research associate with the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.   Since December 17, 2014, Raul Castro and Bara…

February 13, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Houses Demolished, Outcry Missing

The government demolishes some houses, saying that they were illegally built on public land. There is an international outcry. True or false? Here’s an account from 2010: Hamas police expelled Pale…

November 9, 2012

Iran
What Must They Think in Tehran?

On November 1, Iranian warplanes attacked a US drone over international waters in the Persian Gulf. CNN had the story, which has been confirmed. In a separate CNN story, a Pentagon spokesman said thi…

February 1, 2013

Economics
Democracy FA - LAM Mexico’s Democratic Malaise

During Mexico’s 2012 presidential election, many political pundits voiced their fears that the PRI’s return would bring a resurgence of the country’s less democratic past. According to new polling da…

June 1, 2012

United States
Who Will Investigate the Leaks?

Today’s New York Times carries a story revealing that "From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s mai…

March 8, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
R2P, R.I.P.

It was during Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) that the “Responsibility to Protect” became a major item on the international scene.  That is no feather in hi…