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Champion of Gender Equality,
Sweden Still Playing Catch Up


Long hailed as a beacon gender equality, Sweden has found itself caught up in the eye of the #MeToo maelstrom that has become a global rallying cry for women to speak out against abuse and harassment. And that reckoning is a good thing, says Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s envoy to the U.S. Read More

End in Sight?

Proxies Maneuver to Resolve Syria’s
War, But Assad Isn’t Going Anywhere

a1.syria.boy.rubble.homeWith facts solidifying on the ground and the Islamic State having been largely uprooted, the power players in Syria’s civil war are scrambling to come out on top in any possible resolution — and that includes embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Read More

McMaster’s Battles

Despite Bumpy First Year, National
SecurityAdvisor Leaves Imprint

a2.mcmaster.portrait.homeNational Security Advisor H.R. McMaster seems to have exerted a calming influence on his boss’s impulsive rhetoric since taking office a year ago. But he’s also found himself in the crosshairs of a sustained alt-right campaign to push him out of office. Read More

The Yemen Quagmire

Two Former Ambassadors Speak
Out on Deepening Crisis in Yemen

a3.yemen.car.rubble.homeThe civil war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people, sickened 1 million and displaced more than 2 million, leading the United Nations to call it “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Yet it has pretty much been ignored by the American press and the Trump administration. Read More

KORUS Controversy

Trump Takes Aim at U.S.-South Korea
FTA, Despite Wishes of U.S. Industries

a4.korea.beef.cows.homeThe U.S. and South Korean governments have begun renegotiating their 2012 free trade agreement, as demanded by President Trump, even though most American industries that trade under the agreement are perfectly happy with it. Read More

Op-Ed: Policy Meat Grinder

What the Iran Nuclear Deal Tells Us
About Making Foreign Policy Today

a6.iran.book.nuclear.obama.homeIn July 2015, the United States and five other countries concluded an agreement with Iran concerning that country’s nuclear program. While some hailed the successful conclusion of the talks as one of the greatest achievements of the Obama administration, others could not condemn the result strongly enough. Read More

Corruption Crusaders

From Burkina Faso to Ukraine,
Grassroots Movements Take on Graft

a7.corruption.burkina.faso.village.homeWhat do Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaoré, Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych and Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina have in common? Answer: All three were deeply corrupt presidents ousted by peaceful, democratic grassroots movements. Recently, leaders of those movements gathered at Washington’s U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) to inspire activists in other countries ruled by authoritarian regimes. Read More