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March 11, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Somber Anniversary, ‘Quad’ Leaders Meet Virtually, and More

Syrians mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the civil war; leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States convene virtually for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue; and the United…

Podcast A Syrian woman and child walk down a destroyed street as civilians and rebels prepare to evacuate one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Arbin, in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 24, 2018.

February 2, 2021

Religion
The Pervasive Influence of Nigeria's Religious Leaders

Nigerians like to say that they are the world's happiest people and the most religious. The basis of their happiness, they go on to say in the face of poor well-being statistics (such as one of the highest levels of maternal mortality), is religion.

Several Muslim worshippers are seen from from behind sitting on the floor inside a mosque. They are socially distanced, as suggested by health protocols for COVID-19. Most are wearing Islamic dress.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Natanz Blackout: Can the Iran Deal Talks Still Succeed?

Washington and Tehran seem determined to revive the deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program, despite domestic criticism on both sides and the apparent sabotage of an Iranian facility.

February 19, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women this Week: First Woman Leader of the WTO

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 12 to February 19.   

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sits down for an interview with Reuters.

April 9, 2021

Mozambique
SADC Punts on Mozambique—For the Time Being

On April 8, the leaders of Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe met with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to consider next steps with respect to the crisis in Cabo Delgado. They decided to s…

Two women sit at a displacement center after fleeing an attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents.

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

April 7, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias Fight More Like State Armies, Warns Stephen Biddle

While nonstate fighters are expected to wage war with suicide vests, assassinations, and roadside bombs, this assumption “can lead to defense policy choices that leave Western states ill-prepared for…

April 6, 2021

International Economic Policy
Avoiding a K-Shaped Global Recovery

With the support of its wealthy members, including the United States, the IMF should provide greater financial assistance and more liberal borrowing terms to help the world’s developing countries rec…

A shopper peruses masks at a street market in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

April 5, 2021

Digital Policy
Why Celebrations of Google’s Privacy Announcement Are Misplaced

Its announcement, which follows years of scrutiny from privacy advocates and regulators, is not as benevolent as it appears.

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