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Helping women is an explicit goal of the Biden administration’s pandemic relief plan. Does the gender focus extend to the world? Alex Wong/Getty Images

How a ‘feminist’ foreign policy would change the world

Gender equality doesn't top any country's international agenda – yet. But ever more countries, including the US, are starting to discern that women's rights really are human rights.
Audience members listen to Afghan parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi speak in 2014. Women’s access to politics increased greatly after the Taliban’s 2001 ouster. Sha Marai/AFP via Getty Images

Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights

Afghan women interviewed about current talks between the government and the Taliban say, 'There is no going back.' Taliban fundamentalist rule in the 1990s forced women into poverty and subservience.
Taliban militants and Afghan civilians celebrate the signing of a peace deal with the United States on March 2. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban are megarich – here’s where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan

Because the Taliban's insurgency is so well financed, the Afghan government must spend enormous sums on war, too. A peace accord would free up funds for basic services, economic development and more.
Members of the Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks with the Afghan government, Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020. Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images

Afghanistan peace talks begin – but will the Taliban hold up their end of the deal?

In February, the US signed an accord with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan War. Now Taliban insurgents are meeting with the Afghan government – but peace remains an uncertain outcome.

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