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May 19, 2023

Women This Week: Women Win Historic Number of Seats in Turkish Parliament

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 May 13 to May 19.   

A woman attends the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, in Ankara, Turkey May 14, 2023. 

May 15, 2023

Latin America
Latin America’s Moment Returns

The Council on Foreign Relations’ blog on Latin America and the world will again feature regular analysis and updates on trends shaping the region.

Migrants stand near the border wall after crossing the Rio Bravo river with the intention of turning themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol agents, as seen from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

May 9, 2023

Crisis in Quito: President Guillermo Lasso Heads to Impeachment Vote 

Polarization is pushing Ecuador to the brink of a constitutional crisis

Anti-Lasso Protestor

April 25, 2023

United States
Stopping Illegal Gun Trafficking Through South Florida

American-made guns trafficked through Florida ports are destabilizing the Caribbean and Central America and fueling domestic crime. It's time for the United States to get serious about stopping the f…

Confiscated illegal guns are displayed during a news conference at New York City Police (NYPD) Headquarters in New York

April 24, 2023

How the Czech Republic Became One of Taiwan’s Closest European Partners and What It Means for EU-China Relations

Since 2018, China-Czech relations have deteriorated as Prague pursues closer relations with Taipei, jeopardizing status quo EU-China relations.

Taiwan and Czech Republic flags on display during the 18th Session of the Taiwan-Czech Joint Business Council Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan.

April 16, 2023

Back to the Future in U.S.-Mexican Relations

Human rights and the rule of law in Mexico are under siege. It would be a grave error for the United States to believe that its only interests there are trade and border security, and do not include …

March 6, 2023

United States
Biden’s Progress on Women’s Rights: Good Start, But Not Fast Enough

More than two years into his presidency, Joseph Biden has achieved some of his gender equality goals, and fallen short on others.

President Biden hosts a virtual meeting with governors inside the White House

March 3, 2023

Women This Week: Iranian Schoolgirls Targeted by Poison Attacks

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 February 25 to March 3.

School girls walk down the street in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's birth village of Aradan, east of Tehran, March 12, 2008.

January 26, 2023

China’s Population Decline Is Not Yet A Crisis. Beijing’s Response Could Make It One

China has now officially experienced its first total population decline in six decades, bringing attention to Beijing's ability to address the challenges posed by demographic trends.

A man looks over a crowd in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China.

January 18, 2023

Polish Cyber Defenses and the Russia-Ukraine War

Poland has been a frequent target of Russian cyberattacks since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The government needs to prepare for any escalation in cyberspace by protecting important log…

U.S. soldiers unload equipment from a plane at Rzeszów Airport in Poland in February 2022.