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June 22, 2018

Yemen
How the UAE Wields Power in Yemen

The Gulf nation’s ground troops have cultivated alliances in Yemen with local armed groups, but its ability to shape the civil war’s outcome is limited.

An Emirati soldier escorts Yemen's prime minister in the port city of Mukha.

June 7, 2018

Gambia
Gambia’s Tiny Populations Belies Its Enormous Example

President Adama Barrow is seeking support for his government’s comprehensive National Development Program, which is intended to rebuild the economy so that young Gambians have fewer reasons to flee to Europe.

Gambia-Adama-Barrow-President-Donor-Jammeh

June 4, 2018

Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s Democratic Erosion: How Democracy Assistance Can Help

Steve Cima is resident program director for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Geoffrey Macdonald is principal researcher for democracy and governance at the International Republican Institute. Banglade…

Lawyers supporting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) shout slogans as they sit on a street during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Oil and a More Muscular Saudi Arabia

Saudi oil policy is undergoing a significant, yet subtle shift that is likely to have broader, strategic implications. The shift comes in the wake of a perfect storm of complicated existential threat…

Investors talk with each other as they monitor a screen displaying stock information at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 29, 2016.

September 27, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Mayesha Alam, a…

Rohingya woman

September 20, 2017

Rohingya
Bangladesh: Poor, Stressed, but Last Place of Refuge for Rohingya

Although the tragedy of the Rohingya people has been unfolding for decades, the latest exodus of refugees to Bangladesh, fleeing violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, has become front-page news d…

Rohingya refugees wait for aid in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 20, 2017.

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.

September 5, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Family Law Reform and Women’s Rights

Around the world, family law and criminal codes are rife with provisions that undermine women’s rights, safety, and economic opportunity. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, an advisor to the European Union o…

Podcast Krishna, 13, at her house in a village near Baran, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 17, 2012. Krishna married her husband when she was 11 and he was 13. The legal age for marriage in India is 18, but marriages like these are common.

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Preparing for Leadership Transitions in Africa

A number of African states have recently experienced watershed leadership transitions. The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, president for twenty-two years, unexpectedly lost the 2016 elections and, despite his…