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July 20, 2021

Western Sahara
Five Questions on the Western Sahara Peace Process

The following interview is with Fatma El Mehdi, one of eight negotiators in the Western Sahara peace process and a leader in the Sahrawi community.

Sahrawi People

July 14, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: "Awakening—#MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights"

Speakers discuss the new book, Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights. Since 2017, millions have joined the global movement known as #MeToo, catalyzing an unprecedented wave of wom…

Play Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration called by feminist movements in front of the city hall in Paris, on July 10, 2020, to denounce the nomination of French Interior Minister, facing rape accusations and French Justice Minister who criticised the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

July 13, 2021

Human Rights
Global #MeToo Movement Has the Potential to Revolutionize Gender Roles, New Book Reveals

“In many countries, the #MeToo movement is not new. Instead, it has been fueled by years of local activism by courageous women leaders,” write Rachel B. Vogelstein and Meighan Stone in Awakening: #Me…

July 9, 2021

Space
Five Movies Worth Watching About UFOs

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about UFOs and aliens.

Movie posters in black frames. From left: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a UFO shines a beams light onto a dark road); The Day the Earth Stood Still (a robot shoots a laser toward the U.S. Capitol Building as a woman screams); and District 9 (a sign in the foreground reads, "No Humans Allowed," as a spaceship hovers over a slum in the background).

June 30, 2021

Elections and Voting
Virtual Roundtable: The Rise of Political Partisanship

The first session of the Threats to American Democracy Roundtable series focuses on the rise of political partisanship. The founders considered factions a grave threat to the new republic. We are now…

Play Voting booth with U.S. flag in the forefront as a woman walks with her ballot in the background

June 28, 2021

Afghanistan
What’s Next for Afghan Women: An Interview with Judge Najla Ayoubi

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new se…

A young shoe polisher waits for customers beneath a mural in Kabul, Afghanistan.

June 23, 2021

Egypt
Virtual Roundtable: Life Lessons Learned With Frank G. Wisner

Frank G. Wisner discusses his distinguished career in public service, including working as former undersecretary of defense for policy, undersecretary of state for international security affairs, and…

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June 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Visa Challenges and Fall International Student Enrollment

Adam Julian, director of international student and scholar services at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and 2021 chair of the international student and scholar regulatory practice committee …

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June 18, 2021

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read This Summer

Each year CFR.org managing editor Bob McMahon and I take a break from the news on The World Next Week to record a special episode of our summer reading recommendations. That episode is now live. This…

Three books side by side: Missionaries by Phil Klay with a yellow cover with blue planes; The Price of Peace by Zachary Carter with a tan cover and man sitting on an arm chair; and This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends by Nicole Perlroth with a black cover.

June 15, 2021

News Release
CFR to Welcome New Fellows on China, India, and Defense Policy

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) will welcome three new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Ian Johnson, Manjari Chatterjee Miller, and Lauren Kahn. Ian Johnson will become the…