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September 13, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Ambassador Martin Indyk to Join CFR as Distinguished Fellow

September 13, 2018—Former diplomat and Middle East expert Martin Indyk will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow and director of executive education, based…

September 28, 2012

United States
A Conversation with Rebecca Blank

Acting Secretary Blank discusses policies and investments for supporting U.S. competitiveness and job growth.

September 18, 2018

Cybersecurity
studying Cyber Conflict as an Academic Discipline: It’s Not All Doom-and-Gloom

Although there are challenges facing the study of cyber conflict, they are not insurmountable. 

August 28, 2018

Sexual Violence
Indigenous women protest in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The signs read, "Tolerance 0 Corruption. Tolerance 0 privileges. Tolerance 0 Impunity" Corruption and Gender Inequality in the Age of #MeToo

Panelists at CFR roundtable Corruption, Gender Inequality, and the #MeToo Movement addressed the need to mainstream gender into anti-corruption efforts and discussed the impact of gendered forms of c…

August 16, 2018

Corruption
A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017. Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

August 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia. Unpacking the Canadian/Saudi Spat

Last week, the Saudi government arrested two prominent women’s activists, the latest move in a series of incarcerations targeting women’s and civil society leaders in the Gulf kingdom. 

July 23, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Fofanan Man, a 59-year-old businesswoman, poses for a photograph in front of textiles in her shop in Bouake, Ivory Coast. Women This Week: Empowering Entrepreneurs

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, covering July 14 to July 20, was compiled with sup…

July 13, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Claudia Sheinbaum (L), candidate for Mexico City Mayor, and Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gesture during a closing campaign rally. Women This Week: Ballot Breakthroughs in Mexico and Tunisia

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, covering July 5 to July 13, was compiled with supp…

July 18, 2018

Human Rights
 Judges of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), attend a hearing in San Jose, Costa Rica September 3, 2015. Violence Against Women in the Inter-American Human Rights System: International Advocacy and Domestic Reforms

Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States, the first international human rights case brought by a victim of domestic violence against the United States, advanced women’s rights at the global level …

July 16, 2018

Syria
Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, plays with her friend outside their residence in Al Zaatari refugee camp. Sixteen and Married: Why Identity Matters for Syrian Girls

Ensuring that displaced women and girls have official identification is a critical step toward reducing rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees.