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July 12, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
#MeToo Helped Put Cosby in Prison. His Release Doesn’t Diminish the Movement’s Global Triumphs.

Bill Cosby's release from prison may have some raising the question: Is the #MeToo movement over? Our answer is a resounding no.

Tarana Burke at #MeToo Survivors' March

August 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Releases Three Israelis and a Nigerian Jew Accused of Separatism

Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) in July arrested three Israeli filmmakers and their Nigerian liaison. Following apparent, unpublicized diplomatic intervention, the three Israelis were released; none were ever charged after eighteen days in jail. Their Nigerian liaison was held an additional eleven days before she was released, also never having been charged.

A map of Nigeria's major ethnic groups.

January 27, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Human Rights Activist Omoyele Sowore Released on Bail

In Nigeria, causation of arrests and release are murky, and the rumor mill operates overtime. Some Nigerians are suggesting that Omoyele Sowore was released because authorities are aware of the stronger human rights emphasis of the Biden administration.

Several Nigerian people are seen sitting for a protest, mostly wearing red and black. Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore is seen holding a sign that reads "#RevolutionNOW!" in red and black text. His shirt uses the same slogan.

June 29, 2021

South Africa
Zuma’s Arrest is Good News for the Rule of Law in South Africa

South Africa's Constitutional Court has sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to fifteen months in prison for defying a court order to appear before the Zondo Commission, which is investigating charges of corruption during Zuma’s 2009-2018 presidency. As the court is the highest in the land, Zuma cannot appeal.

A picture of former South African President Jacob Zuma sitting in a courtroom during a trial on his involvement in corruption. He is wearing a facemask, situated on his chin, due to the country's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

May 18, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Good News Emerges About a Malaria Vaccine

In Africa and elsewhere, COVID-19 dominates media attention. Yet malaria has probably killed four times as many as COVID-19 over the last year in Africa. The good news is that early trials of a new vaccine, R21, show an effectiveness rate of 77 percent. The new vaccine is a further development of Mosquirix, a vaccine with a 56 percent effectiveness after one year, falling to 36 percent after four years.

A woman holds her child while a doctor tests the baby for malaria.

December 21, 2020

Local and Traditional Leadership
Release of Nigerian School Boys: Questions and Hypotheses

The freeing of perhaps 344 boys kidnapped from a boarding school at Kankara in Katsina state is unalloyed good news. An attempt to kidnap another eighty school children, at Dandume in the same state a few days later on December 19, was foiled.

A group of Nigerian schoolboys are seen walking in a line, barefoot, after being freed following a kidnapping.

September 24, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Ten Women and Girls Killed Each Day in Mexico

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 September 18 to September 24.  

During a protest led by family members of femicide victims, the names of murdered women are projected on the National Palace.

December 30, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Good Foreign Policy News Stories in 2020

Two thousand twenty will go down in the books as a very tough year. It’s of no comfort that historians say it ranks just eighth in terms of the most stressful years in U.S. history. Our lives were di…

Margaret Kennan is pushed in a wheelchair down a hallway lined with applauding hospital staff.

September 17, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: UN Withdraws 450 Peacekeepers from the Central African Republic

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 September 11 to September 17.

UN peacekeepers patrol a street in Bangui during the 2015 presidential election in the Central African Republic.

June 15, 2020

Cybersecurity
Some News Is Good News: The Counterintuitive Effects of Data Breaches

Corporate data breaches have risen over the past fifteen years, with spectacular mega-breaches increasingly frequent and common. However, businesses are not always making the necessary cybersecurity …

Equifax Interim CEO Paulino Barros (L), former Equifax CEO Richard Smith (C) and former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer testify before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing.