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June 22, 2017

Cuba
What Expanding Internet Access in Cuba Could Mean for Women

Broadening access to the internet and other information and communication technology, such as mobile phones and social media, could be an important tool for women’s rights (and other human rights) in…

Gabriela Monteiro, 16, (R) and Gisele Rodriguez, 15, use the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba.

May 24, 2017

Gender
Postcard from Havana: A Lack of Childcare Leaves Cuban Women in Quandary

As my own spring break approached this past March, I decided to take a couple of my students to this Caribbean destination to explore the impact of Obama-era policies on Cubans. We were surprised by what we learned about the opportunities and challenges facing Cuban women.

A young couple walks with their baby on Havana's El Malecon seafront bolulevard (March 28, 2013)

April 30, 2018

China
Podcast: A New Era Dawns in Xi Jinping’s China

Under President Xi Jinping, China’s era of opening up and reform has drawn to an end, and a new era—one marked by the consolidation of power under Xi himself—has dawned. In his new book, End of an Er…

Podcast hinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2018.

October 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The State of Slavery in Mauritania

Tyler Falish is a student in Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development and a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. T…

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February 7, 2018

Donald Trump
U.S. National Security Under the Trump Administration

Council on Foreign Relations 2/7/2018 Academic Conference Call on U.S. National Security Under the Trump Administration with John O. Brennan

August 11, 2014

The Cease Fire That Broke Itself

The Spanish language uses reflexive verbs more than English, and one of my favorite has always been "se cayo."  Roughly translated that means "it fell itself down" or "it broke itself." The closest E…

December 5, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
Women’s Contributions to Conflict Prevention and Resolution

Despite the growing evidence that women’s participation in peace and security processes improves stability, the inclusion of women in these processes has lagged since the passage of the landmark UN S…

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May 30, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Eight More States Granted NCLB Waivers

The Washington Post reports that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced eight more states received waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. This brings the total number of states …

President Barack Obama discusses the first round of NCLB waivers on February 9, 2012 with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan looking on (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters).

February 1, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama To Propose Mortgage Relief

President Obama is expected to propose a mortgage relief program (WSJ) that would allow homeowners who are current on their payments to refinance into federally backed loans with lower interest rates…

November 20, 2017

Climate Change
The Foreign Policy of Cities and States: Municipalities Take the Lead on Climate

Following the U.S. federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, individual cities and states are actively seeking to shape their own climate policies. 

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