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June 26, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

April 23, 2020

Rwanda
Why Rwanda Needs to Prepare Now for Kagame’s Promised Departure in 2024

This April marks the twenty-six-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and twenty years since Paul Kagame took the reins as president. For much of that time, Kagame imposed limits on the political process, democratic debate, and opposition figures. He justified these limits by saying that the country was too fragile, the wounds too fresh, and the competitive aspects of democracy too divisive for a country emerging out of a genocide. But when does that grace period end?

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeanette Kagame light the Rwandan genocide flame of hope, known as the "Kwibuka" (Remembering), to commemorate the 1994 Genocide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7, 2020. They are flanked by greener as they both old a long and lit torch that lights the memorial.

January 3, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian general, the wisdom of Joe Biden’s Iraq vote, and for…

Demonstrators hold a picture of Qassim Suleimani as they protest his assassination by the United States in Tehran, Iran, on January 3. Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency via Reuters.

November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Deval Patrick announced on February 12, 2020, that he was ending his campaign for president. Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last Decembe…

Deval Patrick

April 13, 2011

Development
Municipal Debt: Global Economic Implications and Policy Options

Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch discusses the potential global economic implications of U.S. municipal debt.

July 31, 2019

Rwanda
Alongside Real Progress, Kagame’s Human Rights Abuses Persist

President Paul Kagame’s Vision 2020 roadmap for Rwanda has led to remarkable progress with respect to women’s equal place in society. But these great strides in gender equality occur alongside Kagame’s human rights abuses. 

Diane Rwigara is held and escorted by two police officers in Rwanda.

September 9, 2011

United States
Education Reform and U.S. Competitiveness

How should the United States reform its K-12 education system to retain global competitiveness? Four experts say reforms revolve around teachers.

May 15, 2020

Economics
Corporate Virtual Meeting: Infrastructure and the U.S. Economic Recovery

In an attempt to create jobs and stimulate economic growth after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, President Donald J. Trump and Congressional Democrats have discussed a multitrillion-dollar infrastruc…

Play A construction worker, wearing a face covering, works on a job site amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

February 11, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Kamala Harris, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Kamala Harris announced on December 3, 2019, that she was ending her campaign. Government prosecutors often have political ambitions. The list of prosecutors who became mayor (think Rudy G…

Kamala 2020

January 21, 2020

Election 2020
A Conversation With Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick discusses his foreign policy views and priorities.

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