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A Broader Definition of Security in Post-2014 Afghanistan

by Catherine Powell Friday, December 19, 2014
U.S. Marines lower their flag during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand, Afghanistan, October 26, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Omar Sobhani ). U.S. Marines lower their flag during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand, Afghanistan, October 26, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Omar Sobhani ).

Earlier this month, the United States and NATO lowered the flags over their mission in Kabul in the first of two ceremonies that mark the end of the international combat mission in Afghanistan. Over the next few weeks, foreign troops in Afghanistan will be transitioning to a training and support role.

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Economic Opportunity and Human Rights on International Migrants Day

by hchartoff Thursday, December 18, 2014
Members of the Swiss UNIA workers union protest the Qatar 2022 World Cup in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, October 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann). Members of the Swiss UNIA workers union protest the Qatar 2022 World Cup in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, October 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Hannah Chartoff, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Despite Pakistan School Attack, Malala’s Dream “Will Never Be Defeated”

by Catherine Powell Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Schoolchildren cross a road as they move away from a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Paksitan, December 16, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Khuram Parvez). Schoolchildren cross a road as they move away from a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Paksitan, December 16, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Khuram Parvez).

This morning, Pakistani Taliban militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a school in Peshawar. After an eight-hour battle with security forces, over 140 students and teachers were dead. This terrorist attack is the largest Pakistan has seen since 2007—when 134 people were killed at a rally for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. However, it is also part of a larger trend of Taliban attacks on Pakistani schools, school children, and teachers.

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Noncommunicable Diseases by the Numbers

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A Ugandan woman receives radiation treatment for cervical cancer at the Mulago Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda, July 2013 (Courtesy Getty Images/Lynsey Addario). A Ugandan woman receives radiation treatment for cervical cancer at the Mulago Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda, July 2013 (Courtesy Getty Images/Lynsey Addario).

This guest post is from my colleague, Tom Bollyky, a senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here he discusses his recently released Independent Task Force report: The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

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Lady Health Workers in Pakistan: On the Front Line and Under Fire

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A polio vaccinator administers polio vaccine drops to a boy while a colleague takes notes nearby in Karachi, Pakistan, October 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Akhtar Soomro). A polio vaccinator administers polio vaccine drops to a boy while a colleague takes notes nearby in Karachi, Pakistan, October 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Akhtar Soomro).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Maxine Builder, a research associate for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.  

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Behind the Numbers: Security, Stability, and the Afghan Economy

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Monday, December 1, 2014
A police officer is seen through the cracked window of a vehicle near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammad Ismail). A police officer is seen through the cracked window of a vehicle near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammad Ismail).

As Afghanistan looks toward its future, with a new president at the helm and the U.S. military presence drawing down, security remains among the country’s most daunting challenges going forward. Yet the growth of the country’s economy and political protections for Afghan women are also cause for concern for a large number of Afghans.

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Reducing Food Loss and Waste to Feed the World’s Nine Billion People in 2050

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Thursday, October 30, 2014
A farmer sits on a trolley loaded with melons as he waits for customers at a fruit and vegetable market in Chandigarh, India, May 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Ajay Verma). A farmer sits on a trolley loaded with melons as he waits for customers at a fruit and vegetable market in Chandigarh, India, May 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Ajay Verma).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Cecilia Chen, Dan Zook, and Dan Tuttle of Dalberg Global Development Advisors.  

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Barring Sexual Harassment and Protecting Speech in Iran

by Catherine Powell Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A religious activist looks on while attending the Twenty-Fifth International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, February 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl). A religious activist looks on while attending the Twenty-Fifth International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, February 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl).

The recent spate of acid attacks in Isfahan, Iran, have left several Iranian women severely injured and some partially blind. Many Iranians are concerned that the women were targeted for “bad hijabs,” meaning their head scarves did not comply with a particular social standard of modesty. Though hardline and moderate politicians alike have condemned the attacks, arguments over the legal framework at play highlight the divisions within the Iranian government.

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Where Airstrikes Fall Short, the West Can Still Act to End Violence Against Women

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A Shiite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi, India, July 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee). A Shiite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi, India, July 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Christina Asquith, a journalist who has covered women’s rights in the Middle East for ten years and the author of Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq.

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Yazidi Slave Markets Just the Latest Atrocity in the Syrian Conflict

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Friday, October 17, 2014
A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries a Kurdish Syrian refugee girl to the first aid tent after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, September 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Murad Sezer). A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries a Kurdish Syrian refugee girl to the first aid tent after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, September 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Murad Sezer).

This week, reports of Yazidi women forced into marriage, raped, and sold as slaves to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have spurred horror and outrage around the world. Human Rights Watch reports that these captives, some as young as ten or twelve, have been abducted from their families and been beaten into submitting to marriage to their captors. Read more »