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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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September 12, 2019

Women and Economic Growth
Fighting HIV in Young Women Through Economic Empowerment

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

Women weave polythene baskets at a community-based organisation in the Kibera slum of Nairobi that empowers women living with HIV/AIDS.

January 30, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Musings About Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Maiduguri

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state and is the metropole of northeastern Nigeria. It has a federal university and an international airport, co-located with a Nigerian air force base. On the edge …

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February 17, 2012

United States
Weekend Reading: Syria’s Seas, Treaty Troubles?, and Musings on the Maghreb

Soner Cagaptay reflects on what it might take to get Russia to back the Syrian opposition. Zvika Krieger writes on The Atlantic about the debate on cutting U.S. aid to Egypt and what that might mean…

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October 2, 2005

Europe
Germany 1, France 0? Plus some musings about the politics of globalization

I agreed with a lot of what Fareed Zakaria wrote about Germany - certainly I would agree that Germany has done a lot more reform than France over the past few years.Compare Germany with France. In Ge…

April 24, 2019

Venezuela
Trump’s Misguided Policies Are a Gift to Venezuela’s Maduro

Punishing allies won’t help to rally international support for the restoration of democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2019.

October 16, 2005

China
Is Tim Adams a closet Democrat? And some other musings on Snow’s trip to China

Clearly not, given his role in the Bush/ Cheney 2004 campaign. But he also seems to think China should develop a social insurance system to help spur domestic consumption.   Read Friday's Wall St…

November 28, 2018

France
Macron Leads Renewed Calls for Return of Looted African Artifacts

A report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron recommends that France should return to Africa art and artifacts held in French cultural institutions. France will return twenty-six artifacts to Benin. Discussions organized in the Netherlands by the Benin Dialogue Group (BDG), comprising representatives of European museums with significant African collections and Nigeria, produced an agreement to loan artifacts back to Nigeria within three years.

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June 8, 2007

Monetary Policy
When the right hand doesn’t talk to the left hand … (and some musing on this week’s move in the Treasury market)

 Total “official” (central bank) holdings of Agencies at the end of q1 2007 according to the Federal Reserve’s flow of funds: $537.4b (table L107)Agencies held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York…

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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.