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October 4, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Doubles Down as Suffering Intensifies

On September 30 the Ethiopian government declared seven senior UN officials—five from OCHA, one from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and an official from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights—personae non gratae and insisted that they leave the country. Federal officials claimed that the expelled personnel had been “meddling in the internal affairs of the country.” The announcement came just days after the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator called the manmade crisis in Tigray “a stain on our conscience.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stands and raises his right hand beside a woman standing at a podium with her hand raised. An Ethiopian flag sits behind both of them.

March 12, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
A Glint of Hope in Bahrain

Two recent developments suggest that the long stand-off in Bahrain between the royal family and Shia political groups may be  moving toward resolution--or at least a chance of progress. First, the S…

December 4, 2017

Tunisia
Women’s Rights Reforms in Tunisia Offer Hope

Women in Tunisia have far more rights than their regional counterparts, but they still are far from true equality. Unequal inheritance laws provide a window into what's really going on in Tunisia.

International Women's Day in Tunisia

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Mohammed bin Salman

February 3, 2017

India
India Hopes Donald Trump Will Solve the Pakistan Problem

For those of us in Washington, the days since President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration have been head-spinning. The executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entry into the United Stat…

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December 17, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia: The Last Hope of the Arab Spring

The "Arab Spring" has not brought the spread of peace, democracy, and human rights in the Arab world, which was the original hope. Neither Egypt, nor Syria, nor Libya have attained the conditions for…

December 6, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nelson Mandela and American Hopes

In an Expert’s Brief I published yesterday, I reflected on Nelson Mandela’s achievements as the father of the democratic, non-racial South Africa that replaced the odious and repressive apartheid sta…

President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 80th birthday on July 18.

February 28, 2016

G20 (Group of Twenty)
G20 Hopes for a Cure

Five things we learned from this weekend’s G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers.           A desire for better. The communiqué candidly acknowledges growing threa…

July 17, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Bringing Solar Power and Hope to the DRC

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Allen is currently an officer in the Army National Guard. His interests are in Africa, …

War-orphaned children sit in cardboard boxes at the Kizito orphanage in Bunia in northeastern Congo, February 24, 2009. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters)

January 18, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Hopes for U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

U.S. manufacturing employment has risen faster than in any other leading developed economy since the start of the recovery, feeding hopes the country is beginning a sustained manufacturing resurgence…