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March 9, 2022

Burkina Faso
What the Sankara Assassination Trial Means for West Africa

The trial against Burkina Faso’s exiled former leader for a decades-old assassination case could signal progress on accountability at a time of coups and upheaval regionwide.

People attend the opening of the trial against alleged perpetrators of the assassination of former President Thomas Sankara in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

November 24, 2020

Transition 2021
The Transition Has Started. Release the Op-Eds!

Every four years, Washington’s ideas industry indulges in its favorite ritual: trying—and mostly failing—to influence the next U.S. president.

November 12, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden and the World: What a U.S. Presidential Transition Means

Experts from leading global think tanks welcome the prospect of a Biden administration restoring long-standing U.S. alliances and commitments to multilateral institutions. But they anticipate a rocky…

Joe Biden addresses the nation

May 26, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
What’s Happening to Democracy in Africa?

The pandemic is exacerbating a decline of democracy across sub-Saharan Africa. To combat the trend, the United States and other partners should commit to the painstaking work of bolstering democratic…

A police officer sits on the hood of a vehicle in front of a gate with posters of opposition figures including Bobi Wine in Kampala, Uganda.

July 29, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa

The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.

People pose for a photo with "I love Tunis" sign as a Tunisian flag flies at half-mast in honor of late Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, in Tunis, Tunisia July 28, 2019.

June 24, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Abortion Law: Global Comparisons

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion for almost fifty years. How does regulation of abortion in the United States compare to that in th…

People hold signs in favor of abortion rights.

July 30, 2019

Elections and Voting
The Presidential Candidates on Africa’s Growing Population

By 2050, Africa will account for 25 percent of the world’s population according to projections by the United Nations. What are the implications of this demographic change for the United States, and how should we adjust our policies to anticipate them?

February 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Why Ending FGM Advances U.S. Interests

This guest post was authored by Maryum Saifee, a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer and alumna of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship program. Ms. Saifee i…

Dawoodi Bohra women walk past a construction site.

June 22, 2022

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO Hangs On

WTO members confounded expectations last week by concluding a deal on fisheries subsidies, the first major multilateral agreement in nearly a decade. But the trade body is not out of the woods yet.

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (right) is congratulated by Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal after a closing session of a WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva in June 2022.

June 21, 2022

Economics
Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

This is the first time since World War II that there may be no cooperative way out.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell