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April 16, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Generation Equality Forum Kicks Off in Mexico City

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 covers April 10 to April 16.

Women in Mexico City host vigil to protest government's inaction on femicide.

April 16, 2021

Nigeria
Yoruba Debate "Restructuring" of Nigeria or "Autonomy"

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland Gani Adams, in a speech at a book launch in Lagos on April 14 said that the Yoruba people have "graduated from restructuring to self-determination." He continued by saying that Nigeria is dominated by a "main powerful bloc."

A picture of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, being interviewed. A collection of microphones have been thrust by reporters in front of him.

April 15, 2021

Nigeria
Ambiguous Reporting Emerges From the Nigeria-Cameroon Border

A recent Voice of America report describes the gradual resumption of cross-border economic activity with Cameroon in the far northeastern sliver of Nigeria that borders on Cameroon and Chad.

A soldier patrols in northern Cameroon in an area afflicted by the Boko Haram insurgency. A woman stands behind him in the distance next to a structure made out of metal and spare wood.

April 15, 2021

Climate Change
Biden’s Earth Day Summit: What to Expect

President Biden hopes to show that the United States is ready to be a leader again in combating climate change.

April 13, 2021

United States
Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy?

Higher education provides students many socioeconomic benefits and increases the global competitiveness of the United States, but mounting student loan debt has sparked a debate over federal lending …

Students attend their graduation ceremony at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Natanz Blackout: Can the Iran Deal Talks Still Succeed?

Washington and Tehran seem determined to revive the deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program, despite domestic criticism on both sides and the apparent sabotage of an Iranian facility.

April 12, 2021

United States
How the U.S. Patrols Its Borders

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

An aerial photo of a line of people sitting near a white pickup truck. They are facing a border barrier.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

April 8, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

April 8, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent.

Two soldiers wearing camouflage stand in front of a building, the Kismayo International Airport, with an al Qaeda flag painted on it.