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February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about American Exceptionalism in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018.

January 31, 2019

Turkey
The Most Dangerous New York Knick

The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center

January 28, 2019

Israel
Israel's Permanent Occupation of the Golan Heights

Should the United States recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights? The question has come up in the last few weeks, because Israel is having an election in April. Prime Minister Benjamin N…

An Israeli soldier speaks on his mobile phone at a military outpost on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights over looking the Israel-Syria border February 4, 2015.

January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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January 9, 2019

Turkey
Turkey Is An Unreliable Partner In The Fight Against ISIS

Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.

A Turkish soldier waves a flag on Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 28 ,2018.

December 17, 2018

Southeast Asia
2018 in Review: Press Freedom Under Assault in Southeast Asia—Maria Ressa and More

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …

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November 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 16, 2018

This week: France wants to be a norm entrepreneur in cyberspace, Facebook works with French regulators, U.S. law enforcement want Alexa data, and cybercrime at the United Nations. 

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November 7, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerians’ Growing Cultural Influence Around the World

In the article, author Adenike Olanrewaju describes the emergence of publications Genevieve Magazine, Exquisite Magazine, Today’s Woman, and Glam Africa. With an increasingly cosmopolitan elite, Olanrewaju writes, “luxury brands are eager to establish firmer footholds there.”

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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 15, 2018

Economics
New Interactive Reports on Women's Economic Empowerment

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP—yet most countries still have laws that make it harder for women to work than men. Two new CFR interactiv…

A worker during the manufacturing process for a tablet computer at a factory in Egypt.