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November 13, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

I recently hosted a CFR roundtable meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation, a board member of Lyft and Ariel Financial, and a senior advisor to the media company Attn. As…

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

October 29, 2019

Defense and Security
Through a Gender Lens: The Need for Robust Research into Diversity and Military Effectiveness

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sienna De Santis and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Heidi Dean, both with Female Engagement Team, greet children during a patrol in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

May 24, 2019

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

Memorial Day 2019

January 23, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Gender, Masculinities, and Counterterrorism

A growing body of research has made the case that counter-terrorism and CVE would benefit from a more nuanced gender lens. What remains under-studied—and generally absent from policy discussions—is w…

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia stand during a ceremony at a camp in the Colombian mountains.

March 24, 2016

Cuba
Make Believe About Education in Cuba

"Cuba has an extraordinary resource – a system of education which values every boy and every girl." This is a remarkable statement to make about a communist dictatorship. It is disturbing and disapp…

June 22, 2015

Cuba
The Cuban Renaissance: The Good, the Bad, and the Necessary

This is a guest post by Valerie Wirtschafter, a research associate with the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.   Since December 17, 2014, Raul Castro and Bara…

February 13, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Houses Demolished, Outcry Missing

The government demolishes some houses, saying that they were illegally built on public land. There is an international outcry. True or false? Here’s an account from 2010: Hamas police expelled Pale…

November 9, 2012

Iran
What Must They Think in Tehran?

On November 1, Iranian warplanes attacked a US drone over international waters in the Persian Gulf. CNN had the story, which has been confirmed. In a separate CNN story, a Pentagon spokesman said thi…

June 1, 2012

United States
Who Will Investigate the Leaks?

Today’s New York Times carries a story revealing that "From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s mai…

March 8, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
R2P, R.I.P.

It was during Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) that the “Responsibility to Protect” became a major item on the international scene.  That is no feather in hi…