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January 30, 2006

Elections and Voting
Bronson: Hamas Victory ‘A True Setback’ for Bush Administration’s Democracy Campaign

Rachel Bronson, who heads CFR’s Middle East and Gulf Studies program, says the Bush administration’s expectations that as a Middle East country “democratizes” it would move away from terrorism seem t…

March 16, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
The Best Foreign Policy Puts Women at the Center

Research confirms that nations seeking to fortify their own security, better use foreign aid, or support stable and democratic partners should prioritize women’s advancement.

Finnish Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni in Helsinki, December 2019.

February 24, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Other Nations Have Been Putting Women in Charge. Where's the United States?

As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up, the chances of the two remaining women appear to be fading. That has left some voters asking — again — whether the United States is ready to elect …

Sanna Marin and Angela Merkel

November 1, 2018

Democracy
A Review of Rachel Kleinfield’s "A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security"

By Nicholas Borroz In A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security, Rachel Kleinfield explains why some societies are plagued by internal violence, how such vio…

Rahmon_11.30.2017

November 15, 2005

Democracy
Bronson: Rice’s Middle East Trip Underscores Bush Administration’s Decision to Become More Active in Region

Rachel Bronson, a Council senior fellow and director of its Middle East and Gulf Studies Program, says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trip to the Middle East—where she brokered an important de…

February 4, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Women’s Power Index Tracks Women’s Political Representation

A new interactive tool from the Women and Foreign Policy program ranks countries on their progress toward gender parity in political participation and visualizes the gender gap in political represent…

Women's Power INdex

March 6, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
International Women’s Day: Women and Political Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Claudia Lopez celebrates after winning local elections in Bogota, Colombia October 27, 2019.

April 5, 2006

Political History and Theory
Thicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Council Senior Fellow and Director for Middle East and Gulf Studies Rachel Bronson reveals why the U.S.-Saudi partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shared interests sowed the seeds of…

April 1, 2006

Saudi Arabia
Thicker Than Oil

Read an excerpt of Thicker Than Oil. For fifty-five years, the United States and Saudi Arabia were solid partners. Then came the 9/11 attacks, which sorely tested that relationship. In Thicker Tha…

January 30, 2020

Global
Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.