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October 12, 2011

Global
Mobile’s Role in Women’s Development

Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, discusses the gender gap in access to mobile technology. Research conducted by Blair’s organization has found that the gender gap is pa…

October 9, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Weekly Foreign Policy Roundup: TPP and Syria

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and Russian airstrikes in Syria dominated the foreign policy news from the campaign trail this week. This won’t be the last time you will hear from the candid…

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December 10, 2008

Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia and the Future of Afghanistan

U.S. experts say any new approach to bringing stability to Afghanistan must be regional in scope. Saudi Arabia, with historic ties to the Taliban and Afghan Pashtuns, could hold a principle seat at t…

May 21, 2015

Development
Gender Equality and Smart U.S. Foreign Assistance

It has become axiomatic in international development that increasing economic opportunities for women contributes to economic growth. Organizations from the World Bank to the Organisation for Economi…

Women carry bricks on their back as they work at a brick factory in Bhaktapur, Nepal, May 2015. (Courtesy Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

April 1, 2015

International Organizations
The Odd Couple: Democrats, Republicans, and the New Politics of Trade

Politics, as the saying goes, makes strange bedfellows. This is certainly true in today’s fast-changing U.S. trade debate. The Obama administration has counted on strong GOP support for the centerpie…

A policewoman removes a man protesting the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman testifies before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on January 27, 2015.

March 23, 2015

Israel
Netanyahu Has the Last Laugh

Wow. Just wow. The river of commentary about Israel’s recent election and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just keeps flowing. As I sat down to write this another piece popped into my inbox…

Netanyahu Has The Last Laugh

March 9, 2015

China
Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part II

In my previous blog post, I described how artemisinin-based drugs were discovered in China in the 1970s and 1980s. Given their potency for the treatment of malaria, one would expect that Chinese made…

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February 27, 2015

Global
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans and Robots in the Economy

MIT professor emeritus and Rethink Robotics’ founder Rodney Brooks, Carnegie Mellon’s Abhinav Gupta, and MIT’s Andrew McAfee, join Nicholas Thompson, editor at NewYorker.com, to discuss artificial in…

February 27, 2015

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans and Robots in the Economy

MIT Professor Emeritus and Rethink Robotics Founder Rodney Brooks, Carnegie Mellon's Abhinav Gupta, and MIT's Andrew McAfee, join Nicholas Thompson, editor at NewYorker.com, to discuss artificial int…

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December 4, 2014

United States
This Week: Mubarak’s Acquittal Challenged and Israel’s Government Dissolves

Significant Developments Egypt. Egypt’s top prosecutor announced Tuesday that he plans to appeal an Egyptian court’s dismissal of all remaining charges against former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. …

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters as he returns to Maadi military hospital in Cairo November 29, 2014 (Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).