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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi: Notably Absent from the Opening of the UN General Assembly

As the Myanmar military attacks the Rohingya minority, the country's female leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has done little to stop the violence. The harsh lesson from it all: women leaders do not always p…

A placard with the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, is seen at a rally near the Myanmar embassy during a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar government, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2017.

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 22, 2016

Asia
Women Around the World: This Week

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 from December 18 to December 24, was comp…

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July 23, 2015

Iraq
Underground Railroad to Save Yazidi Women from the Islamic State Could Offer Critical Intel

It has been nearly a year since the self-proclaimed Islamic State kidnapped an estimated three thousand Yazidi women and children during an attack on their villages in northern Iraq. The Islamic Stat…

June 30, 2015

The Non-Existent Progress in Bahrain

The Obama administration has decided to resume military aid to Bahrain, or more exactly to dispense with the limits on such aid that had been imposed after the 2011 crackdown there. One can make a n…

July 7, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Israel: BDS in the West, Integration in the Middle East?

Efforts continue in Europe and the United States to boycott Israel or at least Israeli goods "tainted" by their production in settlements in the West Bank, and to disinvest in Israeli companies or in…

April 29, 2014

Economics
Calling Women

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Henriette Kolb, head of the …

A woman uses a mobile phone near kumquat trees in Hanoi, Vietnam, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Kham).

August 22, 2013

Iran
Iran’s "Moderate" New Government

The new Iranian government under President Hassan Rohani is very often being described as "moderate" these days. For example, The Wall Street Journal’s story on his election was entitled "Moderate Cl…

June 25, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Emir of Qatar Departs

The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has abdicated in favor of his son Tamim, proving that rumors--this one had been circulating for many weeks in the region--are sometimes accurate. The ke…

December 20, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Corruption, Transparency, and Somalia’s Future

Transparency International just released its 2012 country rankings of corruption in the public sector. The index is based on a variety of corruption-related data, including public opinion polls and a…

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