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April 30, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 30, 2020: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh Begin Easing Restrictions

Although coronavirus cases in India, Pakistan, and across the region have not increased as quickly as some feared (so far), South Asia's economies are struggling deeply. Sri Lanka and the Maldives ex…

A ferry barge packed with people and vehicles

April 27, 2020

India
How Will Women in India’s Informal Economy Get By? The Coronavirus Lockdown, in Their Words.

A Q&A with Reema Nanavaty, director of the Self-Employed Women's Association

A child's poster for coronavirus in india, showing correct social distancing

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 15, 2020: India, Pakistan, and Others Extend Lockdowns; Surge in Bangladesh

As Modi, Khan, Hasina, and other leaders tackle COVID-19 (coronavirus) by prolonging national shutdowns, economic forecasts indicate a rocky year ahead for South Asia.

Two columns of soldiers in blue uniforms patrol a street, with an officer in a beige uniform walking between them.

April 10, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Women This Week: The Gendered Effects of COVID-19

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. In the coming weeks the series will explore how the COVID-19 pandemi…

Women speak while they wait to be checked by a medical team as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy, April 3, 2020.

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 2, 2020: Crowds in India and Pakistan Thwart Social Distancing

Density and crowds thwart health measures in India and Pakistan; mass unemployment looms in Bangladesh and across the region.

Rows of people sitting on the ground spaced six feet apart

December 31, 2019

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2019

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2019 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

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October 30, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Military Introduces Controversial Plans to Identify Terrorists and Criminals

Nigerian security services say that they have been requiring residents of the northeast—where Boko Haram is active—to produce identification cards on demand. The army claims that citizens are “cooperating” with the requirement, though it is hard to verify that claim. The army has now announced that it will extend the policy to the entire country in early November.

President Buhari looks at the camera, flanked by a Nigerian flag.

February 1, 2019

India
The Interim Indian Budget: Jobs Are the Bigger Issue

The Indian government released an “interim” budget today, a document designed to provide continuity for the next three months or so before the general election takes place and a newly constituted gov…

Ram Pratap, who lost his job as a powerloom operator earlier this year, poses for a picture inside a weaving factory where he used to work, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, India

June 20, 2014

Bangladesh
Bangladesh: Behemoth Garment Industry Weathers the Storm

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to participate in an excellent conference focused on Bangladesh, its development, and its garment industry hosted by Harvard University. The organizers did a tr…

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March 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, an internationally-celebrated day dedicated to recognizing the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions women have made globally and hi…

International Women's Day