NATO at Seventy: Letting Freedom Ring

Written by Roxana Allen It took thirty years, two generations, fifteen prime ministers, and numerous elections to appoint the first woman Prime Minister in Romania.  With the introduction of the Membership Action Plan twenty years ago, NATO requested that Romania implement a 25 percent quota for women in Parliament and public service.  Consequently, there are […]

Morocco: The Leader for Women’s Progress in MENA

When discussing women in predominantly Islamic societies, the prominent narrative in the Western media tends to focus on oppression: the lack of opportunity, of advancement, and of freedom experienced by women in these communities. I admit that I myself often subscribed to this notion, reading about policies throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]

What Gina Haspel’s Confirmation Really Represents

By Sahar Khan Gina Haspel was sworn in as the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) first female director on May 21, 2018 following a controversial nomination period and a contentious Senate confirmation hearing. While Haspel is qualified for her new role—she is a career intelligence officer with 33 years of service in the CIA—her appointment is troublesome because of […]

The Waiting Game

  Written by Elizabeth Pond No, the West has not (yet) lost Ukraine in Vladimir Putin’s Russian roulette, and the fragile Minsk truce and Western sanctions on Moscow over its land grab in Ukraine have not failed. A more nuanced reading of the current state of affairs in the Ukraine crisis would stress that we are […]

Women: A Conduit from Partisanship to Partnership

  by Stephanie Breitsman The meeting on February 10, 2015, between Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, presented an opportunity to reshape the international community’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sweden’s relationship with Palestine should not be seen as a stance against Israel, but instead recognized as an invitation for global […]

Trade, power, and opportunity

by Dr. Michael E. Brown and Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat President Obama speaks during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Nov. 10, 2014. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama asked Congress to give him trade promotion […]

If or How will the US Marine Corps Fully Integrate?

By Ellen Haring December 5, 2014 Pfc. Julia Carroll eats a small meal after a six-hour patrol during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. Carroll is one of the first three females to ever graduate from Infantry Training Battalion. Patrol week is a five-day training event that […]

Mr. Cameron: why not quotas?

In UK politics women parliamentarians are still underrepresented at all decision-making levels. But this can easily be altered with the implementation of a quota of 40{5f0f57c44bc297437706deade099e6516fe1db1b31ab604b564d60e47f160dcd} female candidates for all major Westminster parties – which would significantly alter the culture of Westminster in the space of just one or two elections. And without a more representative parliament and government, how can the UK expect its advocacy of gender equality and women’s empowerment to be taken seriously by the rest of the world?