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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, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Guest Post: Has the Kimberly Process Lost Its Sparkle?

A worker at the Botswana Diamond Valuing Company displays a rough diamond in the capital Gaborone, August 26, 2004. (Juda Ngwenya/Courtesy Reuters) My colleague, Kaysie Brown, is the interim deputy …

Guest Post: Has the Kimberly Process Lost Its Sparkle?

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

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May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

National flags of Russia and U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow

April 14, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: April 14, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. The party would like to know when your data leaves the country. The Chinese government has dr…

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October 9, 2015

Trade
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Africa’s Stalled Progress, Nepal’s Post-Disaster Setbacks, and What We’re Reading on TPP

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in "This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Africa’s Governance and Economic Struggles…

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August 26, 2013

Energy and Environment
Responses to Posts on Alternative Development Measures

My recent posts on alternative development measures generated an outpouring of comments. To keep the conversation going, I would like to highlight some responses to the posts and encourage you to sha…

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April 20, 2016

Wars and Conflict
What’s Next for Women in the Armed Forces?

On December 3, 2015 the Pentagon made history by announcing that all positions in the U.S. military—including combat roles—would open to women. This Friday, I’ll join Juliet Beyler, Principal Directo…

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April 15, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is Rhodes’ Statue Removal Setting a Bad Precedent?

This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity practitioner with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa transactions. On April 9, the University of Cape Town (UCT) removed the statue on its main campu…

Cecil Rhodes Statue

January 13, 2015

Military Operations
Guest Post: Obama’s Legacy-Troop Reductions or Drone Strikes?

Amelia M. Wolf is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action and the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In its latest edition…

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