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January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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August 29, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Crime in Outer Space: Houston, Do We Have a Problem?

Recent allegations of criminal wrongdoing by an astronaut on a computer network from space suggests that how U.S. law applies to citizens engaged in government, commercial, or non-governmental space …

NASA astronaut Anne McClain is seen during a spacewalk at the International Space Station in this social media photo on March 22, 2019.

August 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Disinformation and Disease: Social Media and the Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The proliferation of disinformation online amidst the DRC’s outbreak of the Ebola virus is a serious threat to global health. Efforts to curb bad information and conspiracy theories on social media a…

Children look at a billboard providing information about Ebola outside the newly constructed MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo, August 3, 2019.

August 13, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Cyber Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy

The integration of the internet and cyberspace into democratic politics has contributed to a crisis in Anglo-American democracy, with an intensely polarized population, constantly distracted politica…

U.S. President Donald Trump greets British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017.

August 6, 2019

Cybersecurity
Terrorism, Social Media, and the El Paso Tragedy

The El Paso tragedy underscores the need to take stock, again, of strategies for addressing how terrorist and extremist groups exploit the internet to spread hate and incite violence.

Mourners take part in a vigil at El Paso High School after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019.

July 23, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Capabilities Are Not Weapons of War? A Closer Look at the Analogy to Biological Weapons

A comparison of cyber and biological weapons and the treatment of biological weapons in international law suggests that both the direct and indirect effects of cyber weapons should be considered when…

A message demanding money is seen on a monitor of a payment terminal at a branch of Ukraine's state-owned bank Oschadbank after Ukrainian institutions were hit by a wave of cyber attacks earlier in the day, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 27, 2017.

August 26, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist gave heavily favored Hillary Clinton a surprisingly tough run f…

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August 14, 2019

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Endgame, Part One: Is Sirajuddin Haqqani Ready for Peace?

In peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, the United States should not fail to address the evolution of the Haqqani-al-Qaeda nexus.

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June 22, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: David Sanger’s Revelations

This week, I’ve compiled highlights from David Sanger’s recently released book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, that address national security concerns…

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August 12, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bill de Blasio, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Height is an advantage in presidential politics. Throughout American history, the taller of the two major party candidates has won the popular vote two-thirds of the time. That’s good news for Bill d…

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