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November 22, 2013

Japan
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

There are times when pictures speak louder than words. An aura of the past surrounded the procession that bore U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy to the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to hi…

Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is escorted by protocol chief Nobutake Odano upon arrival at Imperial Palace in Tokyo

December 20, 2018

Japan
Japan's Active Defenses

The Abe cabinet announced its new ten-year defense plan this week, promising to spend 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) over the next five years on Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF). Eye-catching in the…

A U.S. Air Force F-16 (left) escorts a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A (right) over the Pacific Ocean on November 6, 2017.

July 18, 2018

Human Rights
Violence Against Women in the Inter-American Human Rights System: International Advocacy and Domestic Reforms

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States, the first international human rights case brought by a victim of domestic violence against the United States, advanced women’s rights at the global level …

 Judges of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), attend a hearing in San Jose, Costa Rica September 3, 2015.

April 18, 2018

Human Rights
The Long Arc of Human Rights: A Case for Optimism

Drawing on decades of research into transnational civil society networks and international institutions, political scientist Kathryn Sikkink counters skeptics from the left and the right who have arg…

A woman from the Rohingya community from Myanmar cooks food outside her makeshift shelter in a camp in New Delhi, September 13, 2014.

August 28, 2018

Sexual Violence
Corruption and Gender Inequality in the Age of #MeToo

Panelists at CFR roundtable Corruption, Gender Inequality, and the #MeToo Movement addressed the need to mainstream gender into anti-corruption efforts and discussed the impact of gendered forms of c…

Indigenous women protest in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The signs read, "Tolerance 0 Corruption. Tolerance 0 privileges. Tolerance 0 Impunity"

November 17, 2016

United States
A Conversation With Adam Smith

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) shares his outlook on Congress and U.S. foreign policy priorities for the next administration.

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June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Sessions’ Draconian Asylum Decision: The U.S. Turns Its Back on Domestic Violence Victims

Sessions’ ruling in Matter of A-B- not only blocks a pathway to safety for domestic violence victims, it also undermines the United States’ reputation as one of the few true beacons of hope and liber…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration enforcement during the Sheriff's Coalition Annual Spring Meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S, April 11, 2018.

April 27, 2015

Japan
Smith on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Visit to the United States

During his visit to the United States, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. CFR Senior Fellow for Japanese Studies Shei…

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November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

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October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.