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June 11, 2021

Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking’s Hidden Toll

In Foreign Affairs, Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein write that the global scourge is worse than a crime—it is a systemic threat.

An upset woman with her hands raised in Myanmar

June 4, 2021

South Africa
South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, and Ace Magashule From 30,000 Feet

The African National Congress (ANC), the party which has dominated government since the end of apartheid in 1994, is a mélange of democratic and "liberation" assumptions and procedures. Once multiracial, the ANC is now largely a Black political party. During the 2009–2018 presidency of Jacob Zuma, it became deeply ensnarled in corruption and steadily lost the support of the electorate. Zuma is widely regarded as personally corrupt. Cyril Ramaphosa, a close associate of Nelson Mandela, campaigned within the party to unseat Zuma and clean up the corruption, not least to stimulate foreign and domestic investment in the economy.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and former President Jacob Zuma, both wearing yellow shirts with black and green stripes, cut a cake together. Several others stand around them wearing shirts of the same coloring.

May 10, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
What the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Showing Us About the Global Learning Crisis

This post was authored by Population Council's Nicole Haberland and Timothy Abuya. Progress in girls’ education has been faltering for years. For decades, the global education system has not been …

Thai schoolgirls gather before their lessons in Bangkok.

May 7, 2021

Human Trafficking
Spotlight on Brazil: What Works to Address Modern Slavery

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization, talks to Manoel Dias, former Brazilian minister of labor, at the Third Global Conference on Child Labor in Brazil.

April 12, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Technology and Youth Represent Nigeria’s Path Out of the Woods

The voice of Nigeria’s youth was heard at the EndSars protests and through the emergence of Paystack and Flutterwave, which were a breath of fresh air in an otherwise foul news climate around the cou…

"End Sars" referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, reads on a demonstrator's clothes.

March 29, 2021

Tibet
China’s Policies in Its Far West: The Claim of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence

Robert Barnett is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; an Affiliate Researcher at King’s College, London; and former Director of Mode…

Tibetan Buddhists walk past a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Hu Jintao during a government-organized tour of Tibet on October 15, 2020.

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

Including the SDF-held Northeast in the UN peace talks would be a way to accomplish both.

Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016.

March 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women’s Water Insecurity Is a Global Health Crisis

This post was authored by Victoria Parsons (Twitter, LinkedIn), a member of CFR’s Young Professionals Briefing Series and a Founding Partner of Palm Global Consulting, a boutique global affairs firm …

Women protest the lack of water in San Martin, El Salvador, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 5, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Soldiers in Saudi Arabia

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 February 22 to March 5.

Hanadi Hindi, first female pilot from Saudi Arabia, sits in the cockpit of a plane prior to takeoff in Amman, Jordan in 2003.

February 24, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page

The killing of the Italian ambassador to the DRC and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman in the final hours of the Trump administration has again focused international attention on the interlocking crises in the DRC.

Four UN vehicles are seen parked on a dirt road, protected by armed UN soldiers, in eastern DRC. Two motorcycles are also seen driving on the road, going in opposite directions.