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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.

October 13, 2021

United States
Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!

The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.

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August 16, 2011

Israel
Will Ariel Block Peace?

If there is a single issue that explains the failure of Obama policy toward Israel, it is settlements. And this week the administration once again indulged itself in a knee-jerk reaction that display…

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

March 24, 2020

COVID-19
Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space

Links between COVID-19 and other global challenges underscore the importance of multilateral cooperation across a broad array of issue areas.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, flanked by staff members, walk toward a briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

August 1, 2017

Nigeria
Boko Haram Blocks Oil Exploration in Northeast Nigeria

Usually, Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producing nation, producing as many as 2 million barrels per day. Oil revenue alone makes up over 70 percent of the Nigerian government’s income and provides …

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June 9, 2011

China
America’s Global Future on the Chopping Block

Students from Harvard Kennedy School cheer as they receive their degrees during the 360th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 26, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy…

Students from Harvard Kennedy School cheer as they receive their degrees during the 360th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 26, 2011.

October 4, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Doubles Down as Suffering Intensifies

On September 30 the Ethiopian government declared seven senior UN officials—five from OCHA, one from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and an official from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights—personae non gratae and insisted that they leave the country. Federal officials claimed that the expelled personnel had been “meddling in the internal affairs of the country.” The announcement came just days after the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator called the manmade crisis in Tigray “a stain on our conscience.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stands and raises his right hand beside a woman standing at a podium with her hand raised. An Ethiopian flag sits behind both of them.

December 1, 2016

China
China’s Vision for a Regional Trading Block Has its Own Challenges

One oft-made argument is that with Trump’s decision not to move forward with the TPP, China has an opportunity to fill the regional trade void. Chinese policy makers are certainly pushing their regio…

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November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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