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June 28, 2021

Afghanistan
What’s Next for Afghan Women: An Interview with Judge Najla Ayoubi

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new se…

A young shoe polisher waits for customers beneath a mural in Kabul, Afghanistan.

June 3, 2021

Tibet
The Question of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence: China's Recent Policies in Its Far West

Tenzin Dorjee is a Senior Researcher and Strategist at the Tibet Action Institute and a PhD candidate at Columbia University. In a post published on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound …

Paramilitary police officers swap positions during a change of guard in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa on October 15, 2020.

May 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Terrorist Abubakar Shekau: Dead or Alive—and Does it Matter?

Multiple Nigerian media outlets reported last week that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has died or been mortally wounded in a confrontation with fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a group that separated from Shekau’s Boko Haram in 2016. The Nigerian government has not confirmed the reports and is investigating. The caution is well-placed: Shekau has been reported dead at least four times since he became the leader of Boko Haram in 2009 following the police killing of founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, stands in front of a brick wall holding a heavy machine gun.

April 22, 2021

Japan
Much Ado About Taiwan

When Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to Washington last week to meet with President Joe Biden, there were great expectations that some sort of agreement was to be announced on Taiwan.  Th…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021.

March 22, 2021

Americas
More Than a Few Good Women: Improving Hemispheric Security by Advancing Gender Inclusivity in Military and Police

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most violent region in the world. Overwhelmed police and military forces stand to improve their effectiveness and accountability by unleashing a secret wea…

A female solider with face paint and a red scarf marches while carrying a gun.

February 15, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 8, 2021

United States
Biden’s Foreign Policy Takes Shape

Biden drew the curtain on the disastrous Trump era, emphasizing the nation’s strength at home determines its success abroad—and vice versa.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 5, 2021.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.

November 6, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 245 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

Marines