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October 25, 2019

Women This Week: Sudan's First Female Chief Justice

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, covering October 11 to October 24, was compiled by…

Sudanese protesters march during a demonstration Khartoum, Sudan July 2019.

March 23, 2012

Syria: Stopping the Shopping

There is something pathetic about the new sanctions adopted by the EU today against Syria. Here is what was done, as explained by the Telegraph of London: The four women closest to President Assad w…

Bashar and Asma Assad

October 26, 2012

Weekend Reading: Women and Early Islam, Yemen’s Separatists, and Syrian Refugees in Egypt

Helen Lackner on Open Democracy, discusses the possibility of southern separatists in Yemen disrupting the country’s unity. Nada Moselhy describes the experience of many of the Syrian refugees now l…


September 25, 2018

Champions for Change: Pakistan at a Crossroads

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Salman Sufi gives an account of journey behind Pakistan’s most radical women's em…

Pakistani women bikers participate in the "Women on Wheels" initiative, launched by Punjab's Strategic Reform Unit.

April 4, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Malala and Investing in Pakistan’s Breakthrough Generation, From the Classroom to the Workplace

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan this past week, her first visit to her home country since she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012. Ret…

Children attending class at Khushal school in Pakistan

April 1, 2011

Friday Roundup 4.1

A street vendor sells nuts during a demonstration against the government in Amman (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters) Tabler on Syria Assad: Reformer no more? What is it about assassinations? MEI e…

Friday Roundup 4.1

July 1, 2012

Syria: the Background

Much scorn has been directed at fashion magazines that lionized Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian dictator. This is fair enough, but we don’t really expect careful judgments about world politics …

April 25, 2013

Europe’s Syria Prevarications

The West’s overall approach to Syria since the uprising began in March 2011 has been a combination of empty sloganeering (“we strongly and unequivocally condemn this violence”), wishful thinking (“it…


March 21, 2014

Is Peng Liyuan China’s Evita?

Dean of the People’s Liberation Army Art Academy. Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization. Renowned Soprano Singer. Practitioner of Buddhism. China’s anti-smoking ambassador. Member of t…

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing on March 21, 2014.

February 29, 2012

Human Rights
Syria: The Limits of Diplomacy

Below is the first installment in a series of three posts looking specifically at the prevailing debates on Syria and what to do about the situation there. In mid January, I wrote a piece on The Atl…