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June 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions with Denise Ho: From the Front Lines of the Hong Kong Protests

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Hong Kong democracy activist Denise Ho live-streaming protest clashes with police on Facebook.

January 30, 2019

Nigeria
The U.S. and UK to Deny Visas to Nigerians Undermining Elections

The United States and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement stating that they will deny visas to Nigerians involved in rigging or violence in the national elections scheduled for February 16. In addition to monitoring polling stations and outbreaks of violence, they will also be monitoring social media for incidents of hate speech and incitement of violence.

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October 11, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Champions for Change: Dr. Denis Mukwege

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege describes what inspired him to start…

Dr. Denis Mukwege receives the Hillary R. Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, February 2014.

September 18, 2018

Nigeria
Corruption Denies Millions Access to Quality Education in Nigeria

Education in Nigeria is in dire straits, and many Nigerians are acutely aware and concerned. At present, Nigeria has the highest percentage in the world of children not enrolled in school, and it is much higher in the south of the country than in the north. Overall, the UN Human Development Index ranks Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries.

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August 7, 2019

Nigeria
Attacks on the Media Continue Unabated in Nigeria

There has been a string of arrests of media personalities and suspensions of media outlets in Nigeria. Recently, some of the arrests have been related to support for a protest tagged “Days of Rage” and #RevolutionNow, against what supporters consider a failure of governance, but the harassment of media in Nigeria is nothing new. 

A man looks at a newspaper headline in front of a newspaper stand in Abuja, Nigeria.

August 6, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria's Political and Security Crises Boiling Over Across the Country

Over the past week, following another violent clash with the security services, the leader of a Shia movement was ordered to be granted bail; Borno state has been hit with massive attacks, taking the lives of scores of civilians and military personnel; and the leader of a small political party who is also the editor of Sahara Reporters, was arrested shortly before planned protests could begin. Government responses to these crises appear so far to have been ineffective.

Police officers pull two people on the ground next to a truck that says "Lagos State Taskforce."

August 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Pressure Increases on Thai Activists Abroad

Over the past two years, and even as Thailand has made a transition from junta rule to, now, some kind of hybrid rule, following hotly contested but unfair elections, Thai activists living abroad hav…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5, 2019.

July 10, 2019

Nigeria
More Trouble Between Nigeria’s Shia Minority and the Police

The principal Shiite movement in Nigeria, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), “stormed” the National Assembly in Abuja on July 7. In the resulting melee, two people may have been killed and eight injured. As is so often the case, there are few details, with claims and counter-claims.

A woman walks by police at a barricade in Abuja, Nigeria.

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.

July 3, 2019

Nigeria
The Intelligence Response Team: Nigeria’s Solution to the Expanding Wave of Kidnappings

Nigeria is experiencing a wave of kidnappings that now affect the entire social spectrum.

Police officers outline suspected Boko Haram militants in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 18, 2018.