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February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

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 February 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Regional Implications of Myanmar’s Coup

The coup in Myanmar in early February, the country’s first in more than three decades, has reshaped Myanmar’s political landscape. The country had been on a shaky path toward some kind of democracy, …

Myanmar Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes as he attends an event marking the anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon on July 19, 2016.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

February 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Saudi Arabia Gets Away With Murder

Investors flocking to Riyadh’s “Davos in the Desert” prove that nobody knows what accountability for Mohammed bin Salman would even mean.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured with two other Saudi officials seated behind him

December 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Although President Donald Trump has not conceded the United States presidential election and is mounting multiple dubious legal challenges to the results, President-elect Joe Biden is moving ahead wi…

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the press next to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on July 26, 2013.

November 24, 2020

Military Operations
Can Biden Make the Military Safe for Those Who Serve?

This article was authored by Jamille Bigio, senior fellow with the Women and Foreign Policy program, and Cailin Crockett Truman National Security Fellow and former policy advisor on violence against …

Specialist Joanne Read, of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, First Armored Division, helps unload a resupply truck at Command Outpost AJK in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

December 17, 2020

Afghanistan
Trump’s Afghanistan troop pullout plan leaves Afghan women scared for their rights, and their lives

As the U.S. reduces its presence, women fear they will be bombed and assassinated into a return to the past.

Afghanistan robot Olympiad

October 26, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Won’t Stop Myanmar From Plowing Ahead With a Flawed Election

Myanmar is set to hold general elections next month, for the second time since the end of military rule in 2011. The last election, in 2015, ushered Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy i…

Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after paying her respects to her late father during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2020.

December 17, 2020

Syria
If coronavirus spreads to this population, it could be catastrophic

"I have no idea where my friends are," the teenage girl told me as we stood under the bright sun of a brisk winter morning. It was last December, and I was visiting Washokani camp, a displaced person…

December 17, 2020

Syria
Syrian Women Helped Find Baghdadi, Beat ISIS, Will Face ‘Tough Time’ Ahead, Leader Says

'We will continue our resistance and our struggle,' says the head of the all-women’s YPJ, in a rare interview.