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September 5, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Family Law Reform and Women’s Rights

Around the world, family law and criminal codes are rife with provisions that undermine women’s rights, safety, and economic opportunity. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, an advisor to the European Union o…

Podcast Krishna, 13, at her house in a village near Baran, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 17, 2012. Krishna married her husband when she was 11 and he was 13. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but marriages like these are common.

February 25, 2015

Wars and Conflict
White House Summit Embraces Women’s Rights to Counter Violent Extremism

Last week, the White House sponsored an international summit on strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE), focusing on groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Amon…

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in Washington, DC, February 2015 (Courtesy Joshua Roberts/Reuters).

October 23, 2015

Gender
Women Could Transform the Paradigm for Peace and Security: If Only We Would Let Them

Last week, I hosted a CFR roundtable with Radhika Coomaraswamy, the lead author on the United Nations’ Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, to discuss the report…

Author of the UN Global Study on the Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325, Radhika Coomaraswamy, pictured here in her earlier role as UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in Kathmandu, Nepal, December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha

December 17, 2015

Gender
Another Barrier Falls: United States Joins Group of Countries That Open Doors to Women in Combat

This past month, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced the end of the military’s combat ban for women, marking the end of the longstanding prohibition. Women will now “be allowed to drive tank…

A U.S. female soldier patrols in Pachir wa Agam district in Nangarhar

December 9, 2015

Alyssa Ayres: India at Paris - Working with a Rising India

India’s status as a large developing country and a major emitter complicates its position at the Paris climate talks, writes Alyssa Ayres in this guest blog post, but there are signs that its delegat…

February 25, 2015

Asia
White House Summit Embraces Women’s Rights to Counter Violent Extremism

Last week, the White House sponsored an international summit on strategies to counter violent extremism (CVE), focusing on groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Amon…

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October 17, 2014

Japan
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of October 17, 2014

Ashlyn Anderson, Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, Andrew Hill, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Asia responds to Ebola crisis. In preparation for the possible s…

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June 14, 2012

Israel
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Parliamentary Annulment and Increased Tensions over Syria

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court today deemed unconstitutional both the law governing the country’s recent parliamentary elections and the “Political …

 A protester shouts in front of police outside the Supreme Constitutional Court, where a decision is expected on the validity of the law passed by the Islamist-led parliament that sought to bar Ahmed Shafik in Cairo June 14, 2012 (Suhaib Salem/Courtesy Reuters).

April 27, 2009

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

In his April 5 Prague speech, President Obama called for the United States to lead international efforts toward a world free of nuclear weapons. A new Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored Independe…