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April 22, 2022

Cyber Week in Review: April 22, 2022

Pegasus spyware detected in PM Boris Johnson's office; Spyware targets Catalan separatists; NATO to conduct Locked Shields exercise; Lazarus Group steals $600 million in cryptocurrency; REvil returns…

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands at a lectern.

October 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Texas Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked

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 October 2 to October 8. 

People protest the restrictive Texas abortion law in New York City during the 2021 Women's March.

March 13, 2019

Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.

July 23, 2018

Pakistan’s General Election 2018: So Far, No Cause for Celebration

Ahead of national elections in Pakistan this week, allegations of pre-poll rigging, press intimidation, and the mainstreaming of militant groups are all cause for concern.

Pakistan elections 7.23.2018

October 28, 2014

Egypt’s Economy: Bringing The State Back In

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew visited Cairo on Monday and no one seemed to notice or care. That’s probably because of the awful terrorist attack that took the lives of at least 31 Egyptian consc…

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January 20, 2011

Politics and Government
The Calculations of Tunisia’s Military

Tunisian army soldier stands in front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Democratic Rally party of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a demonstration in Tunis on January 20, 2011 …

The Calculations of Tunisia’s Military

October 23, 2014

United States
This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISI…

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

December 5, 2013

United States
This Week: Egypt’s Constitution, Iran’s Diplomacy, and Syria’s War Crimes

Significant Developments Egypt. Egypt’s Salafist Islamist party, al-Nour, announced its support today for the just completed draft constitution, despite an amendment that bans religiously based poli…

Amr Moussa, head of the assembly writing Egypt's new constitution,speaks after they finished their vote at the Shura Council in Cairo December 1, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters).

September 28, 2011

The New Corrective Revolution?

  A trader reacts at the Egyptian Stock Exchange in Cairo (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) Outside official circles in Washington these days there is a lot of talk about the Egyptian economy.  This is …

The New Corrective Revolution?