Event RecapDec 12, 2022
Societal norms in Saudi Arabia clearing the way for more women to start and lead businesses
By Nour Alhajjeh
On December 5, 2022 the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a panel event on the impact of societal norms and structures on women’s economic empowerment in Saudi Arabia.
Inflection PointsDec 4, 2022
Autocratic setbacks offer Biden his ‘inflection point’ for democracies
By Frederick Kempe
This year has been a tough one for the world’s worst authoritarians: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
UkraineAlertOct 27, 2022
A ceasefire would condemn millions of Ukrainians to Russian occupation
By Mark Temnycky
Recent calls for a ceasefire in the Russo-Ukrainian War ignore the fact that millions of Ukrainians remain under Russian occupation and would face an uncertain fate if abandoned to the Kremlin, writes Mark Temnycky.
SouthAsiaSourceOct 20, 2022
The lionesses of Kabul & Tehran in Khorasan
By Davood Moradian
Afghan and Iranian women continue to be denied their basic human rights, and this shared struggle is built on an overlapping Iranian-Afghan history and civilizational space known as the Iranian plateau.
AfricaSourceOct 7, 2022
How Niger’s safety net helps its most vulnerable citizens thrive amid crises
By Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou and Mamta Murthi
The World Bank's Wadata Talaka safety-net partnership program with Niger aims to empower women in the country and protect its human-capital gains in the face of overlapping shocks.
UkraineAlertSep 26, 2022
Ukrainian priest recounts escape from Russian siege of Mariupol
By Melinda Haring, Vladislav Davidzon
The Siege of Mariupol was the deadliest engagement so far in Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian priest Father Pavel Kostel recounts his harrowing experience of escaping from the encircled city.
SouthAsiaSourceSep 26, 2022
To support Afghan women activists, prioritize local knowledge over numbers
By Sophie Mae Berman and Yelena Biberman
Though Afghan women have been included in certain peacebuilding efforts, these experiences were largely tokenist and minimally empowering.