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September 17, 2021

Haiti
Haiti’s Troubled Path to Development

Hobbled by foreign interventions, political instability, and natural disasters, the former French colony has long suffered from underdevelopment.

Two men overlook Port-au-Prince in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of 2010.

September 15, 2021

Somalia
Somalia’s Ongoing Political Crisis Exposes Fundamental Problem for U.S. Policy

The fragile Somali government is on the brink again, consumed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (also known as Farmaajo) and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s tussle for control of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)—a power struggle sharpened by the murder of Ikran Tahlil. Tahlil, who worked for NISA, disappeared this summer.

Protesters hold up a sign with a red "X" drawn across a picture of the Somali president.

September 13, 2021

Climate Change
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: "The Fight for Climate After COVID-19"

The Fight for Climate After COVID-19 draws on the troubled and uneven COVID-19 experience to illustrate the critical need to ramp up climate resilience rapidly and effectively on a global scale. Afte…

Play A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as the Springs fire continues to grow on May 3, 2013 near Camarillo, California. The wildfire has spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and is 20 percent contained.

September 9, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
Vaccines and Variants with Dr. Leana Wen

Leana Wen, emergency health physician and former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, discusses how state and local governments can prepare for and respond to COVID-19 variants an…

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September 9, 2021

United States
Seven Documentaries Worth Watching About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks this Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven documentaries about 9/11.

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September 9, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Role of Egyptians in the 9/11 Attacks Still Reverberates Today

Members of Egypt’s jihadi movement played important roles in inspiring and plotting the 9/11 attacks. Egypt still struggles with some of the factors that gave rise to such extremism.

September 7, 2021

Japan
The Prime Minister has Left the Race

On September 3, the prime minister visited LDP headquarters and announced he would withdraw from the race.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives to meet with president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons in Tokyo, September 3, 2021, following his announcement that he will not seek re-election for Liberal Democratic Party leadership.

September 3, 2021

Global
Eight More Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: non-English language films from around the world. 

Three movie posters in black frames: Das Boot (man in naval cap behind a submarine); Osama (child in front of veiled women); The French Minister (man sitting on his desk in an office)

September 2, 2021

Southeast Asia
Thailand Roiled by Violent Unrest and COVID-19 Decimation

Amid a COVID-19 surge, Thailand's escalating protests are getting more dangerous. 

People protest over Thai government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 2, 2021.

September 2, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Challenges to Abortion at Home and Abroad

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 August 27 to September 2. 

The U.S. Supreme Court, photographed the day the Texas six-week abortion ban came into effect.