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March 6, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
International Women’s Day: Women and Political Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Claudia Lopez celebrates after winning local elections in Bogota, Colombia October 27, 2019.

March 6, 2020

Mexico
Women This Week: A Day Without Women in Mexico

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 February 24 to March 6, was compiled by M…

Women raise their hands as they protest against gender violence and femicide in Puebla, Mexico, February 22, 2020.

March 5, 2020

United Kingdom
The Commonwealth of Nations: Brexit and the Future of ‘Global Britain’

With the United Kingdom moving forward with Brexit, London hopes its Commonwealth partners can help boost trade, but critics say the group is outmoded and ineffective.

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy painting Queen Elizabeth

March 4, 2020

Elections and Voting
CFR-FIU Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

Presented by the Council on Foreign Relations and Florida International University Watch an in-depth, nonpartisan conversation on critical foreign policy challenges facing the winner of the 2020 p…

Play CFR-FIU Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

March 4, 2020

South Korea
Advancing South Korean Capabilities for the Future: Procurement or Research and Development?

South Korea can use indigenous capabilities to meet many of its goals, but will also need to procure some systems necessary for its self-defense into the future.

Members of U.S. and South Korean Special Forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted at Gunsan Air Force Base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 12, 2019.

March 3, 2020

Uganda
Troubling Trends for Youth in Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandans are scheduled to head to the polls early next year to select a president, parliamentarians, and local officials. But recent reports suggest that a shockingly large number of young Ugandans will simply not be able to participate in the election—a notable irony in one of the world’s youngest countries, where some 77 % of the population is under the age of 25.

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Uganda's capital Kampala February 18, 2016

March 2, 2020

United Nations
A Cyberspace ‘FIFA’ to Set Rules of the Game? UN States Disagree at Second Meeting

In mid-February, country representatives convened at the United Nations to hold the second formal meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on international cybersecurity. 

The United Nations building is pictured in New York.

February 27, 2020

South Korea
Burden-Sharing in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Finding Balance

The purpose, intent, and rationale of OPCON transition must be properly explained to the South Korean and American publics.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo pose ahead of a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, on August 9, 2019.

February 27, 2020

Elections and Voting
Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections

States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to prot…

Members of the Arizona National Guard.

February 27, 2020

South Africa
History's Verdict Thirty Years After South Africa's Mandela Freed

Thirty years after State President F.W. de Klerk ordered his release from Cape Town’s Victor Vorster Prison, Nelson Mandela’s reputation as a genuine hero of the twentieth century holds up. With F.W. de Klerk and others, Mandela led the successful transition with the ANC from apartheid to non-racial democracy, forestalling the race war that many thought was inevitable.

A tall man in a purple polo shirt puts his arms around the shoulders of a shorter woman in a white shirt as she holds his shoulder. They both look at the statue of Nelson Mandela, raising his hands and smiling, in a small crowd of people. The statue is flanked by two towers attached to building with roman columns.