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November 6, 2018

United States
Who Secures the U.S. Border?

U.S. troops are being sent to the southwestern border, but they are limited by law in the ways they can supplement the work of Border Patrol agents.

U.S. troops erect razor wire at the southwest border.

October 24, 2018

Transnational Crime
Taking Stock of the Global Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

A growing number of actors have joined the fight against dirty money. The success of global efforts to combat illicit financial flows, however, remains uncertain. 

A cash withdrawal of Ethiopian Birr at a bank in Addis Ababa.

October 11, 2018

Afghanistan
Building a Skilled GirlForce: Lessons from Roya Mahboob

On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate Roya Mahboob, Afghanistan's first female tech CEO. Roya works to open doors for the next generation of women leaders in STEM through mentoring, coaching…

Members of Afghan robotics girls team work on their robots in Herat province.

September 27, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Increasing Equality in India

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, covering September 20 to Septembe 27, was compiled…

Women from various regions of Morocco protest against violence towards women, in Rabat. The placard reads, "Stopping harassment gives dignity for women."

September 20, 2018

Israel
What Israel’s Campaign to End Prostitution Teaches Us About Women Leaders

Over the course of decades, a determined coalition of Israeli women legislators found common ground to pass new legislation on prostitution.

Dr. Aliza Lavie celebrates exit poll results at the Yesh Atid party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

September 11, 2018

Niger
The Presence of Lethal U.S. Drones in Niger is Expanding

The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.

Reaper-Drone-U.S.-MIlitary

September 7, 2018

Russia
Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on August 31, 2018. The first big battles between the U.S. military and the Wehrmacht during World War II were not actually in Europ…

Vladimir Putin at Navy Day with Defense Minister and Admiral

September 5, 2018

Asia
An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built

This guest post is authored by Charles Zhang, a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Council on For…

Asia grid at night

August 28, 2018

Sexual Violence
Corruption and Gender Inequality in the Age of #MeToo

Panelists at CFR roundtable Corruption, Gender Inequality, and the #MeToo Movement addressed the need to mainstream gender into anti-corruption efforts and discussed the impact of gendered forms of c…

Indigenous women protest in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The signs read, "Tolerance 0 Corruption. Tolerance 0 privileges. Tolerance 0 Impunity"

August 16, 2018

Germany
Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?

President Trump has targeted Germany over its supposed dependence on Russian natural gas, and the proposed Nord Stream 2 is dividing the EU. What’s in store for Europe’s pipeline politics?

Nord Stream 2 pipes