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January 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Women This Week: Saudi Arabia Stops "Secret Divorces"

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 January 5 to January 11, was compiled wit…

Women walk past a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

December 7, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions on the U.S. Strategy on International Education

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

A first grade girl who attends the "Treinta y Tres Orientales" elementary school in Montevideo, works in the classroom August 22, 2008.

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.

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

March 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, an internationally-celebrated day dedicated to recognizing the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions women have made globally and hi…

International Women's Day

October 22, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Women and the Law

Barriers to women's economic participation persist in every region of the world. Nations need to do more to level the legal playing field for women and ensure that women have the right to compete fairly in the economy—which will lead to significant gains.

Women and the Law front cover image: Employees process data on their laptops at a data management services firm in Gaza.

January 24, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

October 11, 2018

Global Governance
Global Governance to Combat Illicit Financial Flows

Illicit financial flows are one of the most important features of globalization’s dark side. However, unlike other illicit or dangerous cross-border flows, these flows bear almost no markers in and of themselves.

Replicas of Brazilian banknotes are hung on a clothesline during a protest of the national union of prosecutors against money laundering in Brazil, at the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia, on March 18, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

September 7, 2017

Corruption
How Anonymous Shell Companies Finance Insurgents, Criminals, and Dictators

The United States is one of the primary facilitators of anonymous shell companies, which are often used to fund terrorism and crime that threaten U.S. interests.

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca

November 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Eliminating Violence Against Women

This week marks the United Nations' Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, when the United Nations, partner organizations, and governments around the world galvanize attention to gen…

women protest argentina