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November 7, 2005

Elections and Voting
Olcott: Azerbaijani Elections ‘Disappointing,’ Pressure Mounts on Aliyev

Martha Brill Olcott, an expert on the Caspian region that includes Azerbaijan, says the results of the just-concluded parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan were "disappointing," although they were pr…

December 1, 2005

Kazakhstan
Olcott: Nazarbayev Certain to Win Re-Election as Kazakhstan’s Only President

Martha Brill Olcott, an expert on the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, which includes Kazakhstan, says that Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been that country’s only president since gaining inde…

September 30, 2016

Economics
A Conversation with Martha Chen

Martha Chen addressed the overrepresentation of women in the informal economy and the challenges they face – including low earnings and lack of social protections, which reinforce the cycle of povert…

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June 29, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Saudi Women at the Wheel

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 June 24 to June 29, was compiled with sup…

A Saudi woman celebrates as she drives her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.

June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

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September 5, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Family Law Reform and Women’s Rights

Around the world, family law and criminal codes are rife with provisions that undermine women’s rights, safety, and economic opportunity. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, an advisor to the European Union o…

Podcast Krishna, 13, at her house in a village near Baran, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 17, 2012. Krishna married her husband when she was 11 and he was 13. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but marriages like these are common.

June 28, 2018

United States
SUMMER READING SPECIAL: The World From the Beach With Carlos Lozada

Looking for nonfiction book recommendations to kick off your summer? In this annual episode, hosts Jim Lindsay and Bob McMahon join Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada to discuss the books they…

Podcast The World Next Week Summer Reading

December 17, 2013

Europe and Eurasia
Data Protection and Privacy in the United States and the European Union: A Conversation with Julie Brill

Commissioner Julie Brill discusses U.S. and EU efforts to enhance consumer privacy and develop globally interoperable solutions in the digital marketplace, as well as her innovative proposals for upd…

April 27, 2018

United States
A Conversation With Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

This is the keynote session of the 2018 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Access Pipeline, and the International…

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February 27, 2018

United States
The Foreign Policy Legacy of the Founding Fathers

Speakers discuss the founding of the United States, the priorities and goals debated during the framing of the U.S. Constitution, and what eighteenth century politics can teach us about modern U.S. f…

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