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October 19, 2018

Ethiopia
Women This Week: Equality in Ethiopian Cabinet

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 October 7 to October 16, was compiled wit…

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Muferiat Kamil, newly-named Minister of Peace, address members of parliament.

October 8, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Iceland’s Lessons for the #MeToo Era

What can the #MeToo movement learn from Iceland? The history of successful women’s protests show that mass mobilization is key.

Protesters march on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington, DC, United States. January 21, 2017.

May 8, 2014

China
Boko Haram Kidnapping Protests Go Viral

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Allen is currently an officer in the Army National Guard. His interests are in Africa, conflic…

Nigeria, DC Protest

September 6, 2018

Nigeria
A Months-Old Trump Insult of Buhari Surfaces Prior to Kenyatta Visit

On August 27, the Financial Times reported that, after President Trump met with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April, the American president said that he never wanted to meet someone so lifeless again. The Financial Times says it had three sources for the story, but does not identify them. Sahara Reporters, a credible Nigerian diaspora publication based in New York, picked up the story. It went viral in Nigeria.

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March 6, 2015

China
A Chinese Environmental Call to Arms Goes Viral and Then Not

In late February, former CCTV reporter Chai Jing released a gripping video, called Under the Dome, on the sources and devastating impact of pollution in China on the environment and the health of the…

Chai Jing is seen presenting in her documentary "Under the Dome" (Courtesy Youtube).

June 28, 2018

South Africa
Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

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June 28, 2018

United States
What’s Worth Reading This Summer?

CFR.org editor Bob McMahon and I recorded our annual summer reading episode of CFR’s “The World Next Week” podcast. Carlos Lozada, the nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post, joined us for the…

summer reading 2018

June 8, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: June 8, 2018

This week: the Trump administration cuts a deal with ZTE, France tries to define disinformation in law, Facebook gave cellphone manufacturers access to user data, and Edward Snowden.

ZTE

April 27, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 27, 2018

This week: G7 foreign and security ministers talk cyber, #MeToo in China, content moderation on Facebook, and Xi Jinping calls on China to become a "cyber superpower."

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April 25, 2018

United States
Close Social Media Loopholes to Protect Upcoming U.S. Elections

The 2018 U.S. midterms are less than eight months away, and Congress has done nothing to close loopholes that enable political advertising on social media to fuel disinformation and division. Time fo…

Zuck before Congress