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May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
The ISIS Bride Problem: Don't Take It Out on the Children

Foreign ISIS wives still in Syria live in dust-coated tents, or sometimes in prison rooms, alongside their children, inhabiting a legal purgatory until one authority or another figures out what to do…

Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

December 20, 2018

Cambodia
Can Hun Sen Pass Power to His Children?

Charles Dunst is a journalist based in Phnom Penh. He was written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the South China Morning Post, and the American Prospect, among other publi…

Hun and Son

May 1, 2017

Palestinian Territories
Teaching Palestinian Children to Value Terrorism

Peace between Israel and the Palestinians does not, fundamentally, depend on who is doing the negotiating, how skilled they are, and other such diplomatic matters. Fundamentally it depends on the des…

October 30, 2013

Development
Adolescent Motherhood: Children Giving Birth to Children

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. The UNFPA’s 2013 “State of the World Population” report, published today, focu…

Africa - Girl Mother in Sandstorm

February 3, 2017

Nigeria
Caught in the Crossfire: What Future for Women and Children in Nigeria’s Forgotten Crisis

This is a guest post by Sherrie Russell-Brown. Sherrie is an international lawyer, who writes about issues of gender, security, international justice and humanitarian law, with a regional focus on su…

Caught in the Crossfire

March 10, 2017

Immigration and Migration
Proposal to Separate Women and Children Fleeing Violence Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers

Earlier this week, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed reports that he was considering a policy that would separate women and children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. If…

Families separated by the two countries chat along the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park, California

August 11, 2014

China
Erwin Li: Finding China’s Missing Children

Erwin Li is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Late last month a National People’s Congress inspection group vowed to raise “[the] moral concepts of juvenile protection …

A security guard (R) looks on as a man writes characters on the back of six topless activists with the message "pay attention to children trafficking" during a demonstration against children abduction and trafficking, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Woo (CHINA - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)

November 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 19, 2021

FBI website used to send hoax email; Biden restricts Huawei and ZTE sales; CAC tightens restrictions on Hong Kong IPOs; Israel and the U.S. unveil cybersecurity task force; Meta sued by Ohio Attorney…

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

November 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Takes On Gender Equality and Climate Change

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 November 6 to November 12.

COP26 President Alok Sharma gestures as he receives applause during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

June 24, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Inconsistent Reports of More Women and Children Kidnapped in Northeastern Nigeria

The Nigerian media is reporting a new mass kidnapping in northeastern Nigeria. This time, victims include adolescent males and small children as well as women and girls. The estimated number of those…

Rachel Daniel, 35, holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, 17, as her son Bukar, 7, sits beside her at her home in Maiduguri, May 21, 2014. (Joe Penney/Courtesy Reuters)