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September 1, 2021

South Africa
New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa

The South African Department of Health has alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to the emergence of a new variant, C.1.2. It was first detected in May and is now circulating in most of the country’s provinces and at least seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, and China.

A woman, wearing glasses and a mask, has her sleeve rolled up as another person inserts a syringe in her upper arm to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination.

August 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: New Realities for Women in Afghanistan

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 August 19 to August 26.

Members from the Afghan girls robotics team chat during a Reuters interview in Doha, after being evacuated from Afghanistan.

July 22, 2021

Ethiopia
Risks Grow as Tigray Conflict Enters New Phase

When Ethiopian federal forces declared a unilateral ceasefire at the end of June and Tigrayan fighters retook control of the regional capital, Mekelle, it did not signal the end of the crisis, but rather a pivot to a new phase.

Two soldiers stand on a bridge with assault rifles. Their reflections can be seen in water in front of them.

April 8, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reforms Should Come Before New Funding for UNRWA

The Biden administration restores funding of texts that glorify violence

March 17, 2021

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q4 2020

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between October and December 2020.

Cyber Operations Tracker

July 13, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Global #MeToo Movement Has Potential to Revolutionize Gender Roles, New Book Reveals

Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone's new book Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights is out today. 

Book cover reading Awakening by Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone

March 22, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A New (or Old) Biden Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

An internal State Department memo gives early insight into Biden administration policy 

July 1, 2020

Senegal
How Remittances From Petit Senegal, a Diaspora Community in New York City, Build Wealth Abroad

The African diaspora sends more money to Africa than U.S. foreign aid and foreign direct investment. Petit Senegal is filled with thriving, tax-paying businesses owned and operated Africans, whose remittances fund investments in communities back home.

A black restaurant awning is pictured that says "Pikine" and "African Restauran" and "Fine African & Fresh Food." The restaurant is on the first floor of a light brick apartment building. A tree with thin foliage is to the left of the restaurant.

February 19, 2021

Zimbabwe
New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe

Last month, South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF] details off-the-books networks worth billions that deal in gold, diamonds, cigarettes, fuel and more.

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016

March 13, 2021

Human Rights
The New UN Report on Venezuela’s Human Rights Calamity

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, reported to the Human Rights Council on March 10thon the situation in Venezuela. The full statement can be found here. Her report is ye…