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March 21, 2019

Conflict Prevention
Waving Goodbye to Dinosaurs: The Strategic Advantage of Women at the Peace Table

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is authored by Monica McWilliams…

Monica McWilliams and members of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition speak to the press outside the Stormont Assembly building during the Good Friday Negotiations.

March 8, 2019

United States
The U.S. Trade Deficit: How Much Does It Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, blaming trade deals like NAFTA, but economists disagree over how policymakers should respond.

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March 8, 2019

Global
Same-Sex Marriage: Global Comparisons

A growing number of countries are legalizing same-sex marriage amid a steady advance in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, but opposition remains strong in many countries.

A couple has their pre-wedding photos taken in Taipei, Taiwan.

March 7, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day: Pushing for Parity in Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.

March 4, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

March 14, 2019

Noncommunicable Diseases
Democracy Matters in Global Health

Democracy has played little role in the recent history of global health, but new research published in the Lancet shows democracy is becoming more important as the health needs of low- and middle-inc…

A man wearing a health mask walks out of a voting booth in Xinbei, Taiwan.

April 20, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Affluence Correlates with Test Scores

The Brookings Institution released a report on the correlation between income inequality and school quality. Schools in more affluent areas are likely to have higher average test scores, and housing …

Parents and education advocates demonstrate on the steps of New York's City Hall for higher progressive taxes to close funding shortfalls in education. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

December 18, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Some Thoughts on President Trump’s Strategy for Africa

On December 13, Ambassador John Bolton, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, delivered the administration’s long-awaited encyclical on Africa before an overflow audience at the Heritage Foundation. In a typically blunt manner, Ambassador Bolton characterized China’s policies toward Africa as rapacious and neo-colonial, expressing concern that China would use its leverage over states heavily indebted to it in return for a monopolistic hold on the continent’s natural resource bounty.

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October 25, 2018

Ethiopia
A Step Forward for Women in African Politics

In a cabinet reshuffle last week, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed ten female ministers, comprising half of the all cabinet posts. Days later, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame announced that Rwanda’s new cabinet would also be gender-balanced. The Ethiopian parliament elected its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

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