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May 20, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Says Ukrainian Refugees in Poland Need Abortion Access

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 May 14 to May 20.

Ukrainian refugees disembark a train from Ukraine at Przemysl Glowny train station, after fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Przemysl, Poland on April 3, 2022.

October 24, 2013

China
Shazeda Ahmed: Saving Face in U.S.-China Space Relations

Shazeda Ahmed is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In early- to mid-October, NASA came under fire for allegations of prejudice against Chinese scientists. Prominent sci…

The sun is captured over Earth's horizon by one of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station on May 21, 2013 (NASA/Courtesy Reuters).

November 4, 2019

India
India Says No to Trade Bloc. Will It Ever Say Yes to Tough Reforms?

It shouldn’t really surprise that in the end, after seven long years of deliberation, India decided against joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Narendra Modi govern…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha shake hands at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Thailand

August 16, 2022

Nigeria
Massive Borrowing Puts Nigeria’s Future at Risk

The country’s bloated debt portfolio is the outcome of decades-long economic mismanagement.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2021 budget to the national assembly.

March 27, 2017

United States
Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

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February 12, 2019

West Africa
Problems in the Sahel Only Growing, Says ACLED

Each year, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) issues Ten Conflicts to Worry About, [PDF] a report flagging serious conflicts that are often underreported. The Sahel was listed as the region “most likely to be the geopolitical dilemma of 2019.” 

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March 18, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
What President Obama Should Say in Israel

The President leaves for Israel tomorrow. Here are eight suggestions for what he should say when there. No doubt his speechwriters could improve on the language, but these are thoughts it would be ve…

April 12, 2014

Human Rights
"To You, the Court, I Have Nothing to Say"

In July 1978, the Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharansky was sentenced in a Soviet court for the "crimes" of teaching Hebrew, seeking emigration to Israel, and being part of the human rights movement in …

June 3, 2005

Economics
If Roach says 3.5% and Gross says 3%, someone else has to say 2.5%

Roach and Gross could not stay among the most bullish on bonds for very long. From Marc Gilbert’s column today.Gabe Borenstein, managing director of global investments at Investec Holdings Ltd. in N…

September 23, 2022

United States
Why “Reforming” the United Nations Security Council is a Bad Idea

President Biden has embraced "reforms" of the United Nations Security Council that are impractical and would undermine U.S. interests.