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October 1, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The Security Implications of Human Trafficking

A new report from the Women and Foreign Policy program, launched this week, highlights the security implications of human trafficking and offers recommendations to prevent human trafficking and advan…

Women travel in a truck in the town of Mararaba after the Nigerian military recaptured it from Boko Haram. Adamawa state. May 10, 2015.

October 1, 2019

Human Trafficking
The Security Implications of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking can fuel conflict, drive displacement, and undercut the ability of international institutions to promote stability. The United States should reduce human trafficking in conflict and terrorism-affected contexts while promoting peace and stability.

A woman waits for her taxi at a market that was attacked last year by Boko Haram Islamists, in Mubi, Nigeria, on February 15, 2019, the eve of the country’s presidential election.

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Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report from the Council on Foreign Relations provides a review of the year's meetings, outreach, publications, and events. It also includes highlights from the Corporate Program, Council of Councils, CFR Campus, and Independent Task Force Program.

September 12, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Why Understanding the Role of Women is Vital in the Fight Against Terrorism

Eighteen years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, violent extremism persists unabated. U.S. national security leaders have consistently neglected one vital factor: the participation of …

Women gesture as they stand together al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 2, 2019.

August 28, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
What the G7 Got Right—and Wrong—About Gender Equality

When the United States takes up leadership of the G7 next year, there’s one aspect of the French playbook it should follow: recognizing the importance of gender equality to the G7 agenda.

The faces of the G7 leaders are drawn in sand with the message "Turn the Tide for Gender Equality."

August 7, 2019

Women and Economic Growth
Investing in Girls’ STEM Education in Developing Countries

The education gender gap costs the world between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in human capital. U.S. aid programs need to equip girls and women to participate in the modern digital economy.

Students at a government school work on individual laptops, in Ahmedabad, India, on July 26, 2018.

July 30, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
The 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Human trafficking is more than a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge. On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Jamille Bigio explores the security implications of huma…

Suay Ing, daughter of migrant construction workers from Myanmar, was fourteen years old when she was trafficked to Bangkok, Thailand, by a broker who promised her a job and abandoned her. May 25, 2015.

May 21, 2019

U.S. Congress
A Conversation with Senator Chris Van Hollen: Can a Polarized Congress Check President Trump?

Senator Chris Van Hollen discusses the successes and failures of bipartisan efforts in Congress to check President Trump on crucial foreign policy issues, including Russia, North Korea, China, and Tu…

Play U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill.

May 21, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Women and Terrorism: Hidden Threats, Forgotten Partners

A new report from the Women and Foreign Policy program, launched this week, highlights the roles that women play in violent extremism—including as perpetrators, mitigators, and victims—and offers rec…

A woman embraces a Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter after she was evacuated with others by the SDF from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 12, 2016.

May 20, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Women and Terrorism

U.S. policymakers overlook the roles that women play in violent extremism—including as perpetrators, mitigators, and victims—and rarely enlist their participation in efforts to combat radicalization. This omission puts the United States at a disadvantage.

Front cover for discussion paper Women and Terrorism by Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelstein