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June 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
A Decrease in Child Marriage is Good for Everyone

New data from UNICEF indicates that 25 million child marriages were averted over the last decade, proving that child marriage is not an intractable problem. Despite good news, progress has been uneve…

Omayma al Hushan, 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, speaks at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp.

December 2, 2011

Elections and Voting
2012 Campaign Roundup: No Invitation for Ron Paul

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters) The Republican Jewish Coalition  (RJC) is hosting a forum for the GOP presidential candidates on December 7. Miche…

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters)

April 26, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Ron Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) The third time is the charm. That’s at least what Ron Paul hopes. An unsuccessful…

Republican presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul visits a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire January 8, 2008. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters)

July 5, 2012

International Organizations
Assessing Rio: Silver Linings to Cloudy Forecast

Ultimately, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, seemed to fly by with a flurry of coverage but no clear conclusions. Many observers dismissed the final communiqué as “283 pa…

New York's Mayor Bloomberg speaks as Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Paes and Macri of Buenos Aires look on during Rio+C40 Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change event in Rio de Janeiro

December 22, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Large Scale Agricultural Investment: A Silver Bullet for Development?

A Sudanese farmer prepares his land for agriculture on the banks of River Nile in the capital Khartoum November 11, 2009. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Courtesy Reuters)   This is a guest post by Asch…

Large Scale Agricultural Investment: A Silver Bullet for Development?

April 26, 2010

Climate Change
The Silver Lining in the Climate Bill Cloud

Most of what can intelligently be said about the breakdown this past weekend of the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate talks has already been said. I suspect, though, that the news isn’t quite as bad for…

February 20, 2018

European Union
Could Europe's New Data Protection Regulation Curb Online Disinformation?

European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake …

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February 6, 2018

Olympics
The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event.

November 28, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Is Foreign Policy a Problem for Ron Paul?

Ron Paul speaks during the Western Republican Leadership Conference  on October 19, 2011. (Steve Marcus/courtesy Reuters) A common trope so far in campaign 2012 is the argument that Republicans have…

U.S. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas speaks during the Western Republican Leadership Conference at The Venetian hotel-casino in Nevada October 19, 2011. Picture taken October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

January 16, 2018

China
How Beijing Addresses Its Air Pollution Problem

Back in 2013, China experienced its worst smog outbreak since 1961. At some point in January, the Air Quality Index (AQI) readings in Beijing were far beyond the levels health officials deemed extrem…

People arrive at Tiananmen Square for a flag-raising ceremony during smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing, China, December 20, 2016.