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May 27, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

July 28, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, July 2020: No End in Sight for India

Experts continue to be concerned about low levels of COVID-19 testing across South Asia.

Children on makeshift rafts in a flooded area of Jamalpur, Bangladesh.

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

May 11, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
How to Create a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Modern Slavery? Invest in the Economic Agency of Women and Girls

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Iraqi women prepare food in kitchen run by Mahiya Yousef, who created her business in order to help unemployed women in Mosul.

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 30, 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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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…

Bangladesh_Garment_Industry

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.