Abenomics Meets Womenomics

Transforming the Japanese Workplace

Devin Stewart
Aozora Bank executive Michiko Achilles at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, November, 2008.
Aozora Bank executive Michiko Achilles at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, November, 2008. (Toru Hanai / Courtesy Reuters)
Working women have long struggled to make their way in Japan, even in comparison to their counterparts in other advanced countries. But now many Japanese companies are acting to change that on their own—a shift that could provide a much-needed boost to the country's economy.

Behind the Scenes of the Assad Interview

Jonathan Tepperman
Video: Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman discusses traveling in a war zone, what it is like inside Assad's presidential palace, whether the West can negotiate with the Syrian regime, and more.

The Houthis Test King Salman

Fahad Nazer
In late January, in the span of only a day, both Saudi Arabia and Yemen turned a new leaf. Ninety-year-old Saudi King Abdullah passed away and, earlier in Sanaa, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation.

Austerity vs. Democracy in Greece

Mark Blyth and Cornel Ban
Just as Caesar crossed the Rubicon, in spite of the warnings of the Roman Senate not to, so has Alex Tsipras decided to try to end austerity in Greece, in spite of Europe’s leaders saying he shouldn’t.
A campaign banner in support of President Goodluck Jonathan next to a banner in support of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari
John Campbell

Americans tend to think of elections as the apex of democracy. But in some cases they are the opposite. In countries with weak democratic cultures and lax rule of law, elections can be destabilizing. Nigeria, which will hold elections next month, is a case in point.

The president in Damascus, January 2015.

The civil war in Syria will soon enter its fifth year, with no end in sight. On January 20, Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the conflict in this exclusive interview.

Eric B. Schnurer

By launching an e-residency program, Estonia is leading the way to a new market—one in which states compete for customers just as businesses do.

Yoel Guzansky and Sigurd Neubauer

This might be the year that changes everything in the Middle East. The reason: a possible thaw in Saudi Arabian–Iranian relations.

Families of 27 Egyptian Coptic Christians workers kidnapped in Libya hold pictures of their kidnapped relatives in Cairo, Januar
Tom Keatinge

The main reason ransom demands have increased so dramatically might be government involvement. On their own, insurers and negotiators want to minimize payouts; banks question multi-million cash withdrawals, and delivery to desolate locations is complex, time consuming, and expensive. Once a government gets involved, however, these barriers are removed.

Michael Singh

Washington should be wary of pinning its hopes on Rouhani’s camp, much less on influencing the regime’s internal struggle.