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January 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia Stops "Secret Divorces"

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 January 5 to January 11, was compiled wit…

Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

January 14, 2019

Afghanistan War
Agonizing Over Afghanistan

The United States should avoid a rapid, unconditional exit from Afghanistan but also minimize the costs of staying.

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January 11, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women's Rights, Human Rights, and Counterterrorism

Fionnula D. Ní Aoláin, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, discussed her work to mainstream gender analysis thro…

Podcast The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) conducted its first all-female foot patrol with ten female peacekeepers.

January 11, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Burden Sharing

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

January 11, 2019

South Africa
Reconciling the South African Military’s Mission With Its Budget

There is mismatch between what the government asks and expects South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) to do and the money allocated to carry out its missions. The SANDF budget declined again for this fiscal year and stands at only around 1 percent of GDP. (By contrast, the budget for education is just under 5 percent of GDP.) 

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January 10, 2019

Americas
Mexico and Brazil Need to Address Their Education Deficit to Grow

Investing more in human capital is the region’s best hope to escape the middle-income trap.

School children play in classroom at Sao Jose school in Morro Do Veridiano, Belagua

January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

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January 9, 2019

Venezuela
The Top Conflicts to Watch in 2019: Venezuela

This year, a deepening of the economic crisis and growing political instability in Venezuela was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Sur…

People line up at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge to enter Colombia from Venezuela.

January 9, 2019

Cuba
The OAS Secretary General Tells the Whole Truth About the Cuban Regime

For many years the Organization of American States was a dictators' club, where the rule was "you don't criticize my human rights abuses and I won't criticize yours." And the secretaries-general of t…