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November 4, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Ethiopia’s State of Emergency, China’s Communist Party Central Committee Convenes, and More

Ethiopia declares a state of emergency as its civil war intensifies, China holds a crucial meeting of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, and Sudan moves toward a new power-sharing deal to…

Podcast People hold Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 3, 2021.

September 27, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Can an Earthquake at the World Bank Rattle the IMF, Too?

The Doing Business report scandal has shaken confidence in the World Bank. The scandal's implications, however, don't stop with the bank.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva talks to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a news conference following the "1+6" Roundtable meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China November 21, 2019.

July 1, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

October 7, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
World Bank-IMF Meetings, Czech Elections Amid Pandora Papers Leak, and More

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund hold their annual meetings, the Czech Republic holds closely watched elections in the wake of the Pandora Papers leak, and the Group of Twenty…

Podcast Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis talks with his fans during his campaign cruise with supporters on a ship at Brno Reservoir on October 01, 2021 in Brno, Czech Republic. The 2021 parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic will be held on October 7th and 8th.

September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

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 September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

October 3, 2019

Eurozone
The Role of the European Central Bank

As Europe has weathered a succession of economic crises, the European Central Bank has responded with an aggressive set of monetary policies that have redefined the bank’s original mandate.

Workers repair the euro sign in front of ECB headquarters

September 24, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Cryptocurrencies, Digital Dollars, and the Future of Money

The dizzying rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has created new challenges for governments and central banks. Some are responding by introducing their own digital currencies.

A technician inspects the backside of a bitcoin mining operation in Quebec, Canada.

April 20, 2021

Europe
COVID-19 and the Threat to Press Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased threats to press freedom in the region, raising questions over how to respond.   

March 22, 2021

El Salvador
Why Central American Migrants Are Arriving at the U.S. Border

Thousands of people are arriving at the U.S. southern border after fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Biden is reviving efforts to tackle the p…

November 5, 2019

Global
Central Bank Currency Swaps Tracker

Introduction Since the financial crisis of 2007, central banks around the world have entered into a multitude of bilateral currency swap agreements with one another. These agreements allow a centr…