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November 5, 2018

Morocco
Women This Week: Morocco’s #MeToo Moment

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 October 26 to November 2, was compiled wi…

Women from various regions of Morocco protest against violence towards women, in Rabat. The placard reads, "Stopping harassment gives dignity for women."

March 15, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa's Billionaires

Sub-Saharan Africa Has Fourteen Billionaires, eight of whom are in South Africa and seven of whom are white.

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February 1, 2018

Somalia
Somaliland: The Horn of Africa’s Breakaway State

The would-be independent state strikes a contrast with Somalia as a place of relative peace and democratic stability, but international recognition has remained out of reach.

A girl participates in a street parade in Hargeisa to celebrate Somaliland's self-declared independence.

November 17, 2017

Lebanon
Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh.

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh.

January 5, 2017

Israel
What Happens When UN Security Council Resolutions are Ignored?

What happens when UN Security Council resolutions are ignored? That depends, really—on whether you are any of 192 other members of the United Nations, or are Israel. Defenders of Israel often clai…

July 12, 2016

Islamic State
Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy.

April 11, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Historical Perspectives on the Middle East

For this event, the panel discusses the past, present, and future of the Middle East. 

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