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February 22, 2021

Digital Policy
The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control: Developments in Digital Legislation in Russia

Moscow's recently introduced bills are the latest in a long history of efforts to bring the internet more tightly under its control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government members.

February 19, 2021

Zimbabwe
New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe

Last month, South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF] details off-the-books networks worth billions that deal in gold, diamonds, cigarettes, fuel and more.

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016

February 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021

New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Mo…

A person uses a smartphone to look at the Facebook page of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

February 18, 2021

Asia
Why a Cross-Strait Crisis Will Be Averted in 2021

Many prominent analysts believe that a crisis over Taiwan is brewing and that the chances of a war between China and Taiwan, which has the potential to involve the United States, over the next year i…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen oversees a military emergency drill in Tainan, Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 12, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 12, 2021

Hacktivists deface Sri Lankan web domains, highlight social issues; Hacker attempts to poison water supply in Florida city; Clubhouse blocked in China; Forced sale of TikTok to Oracle and Walmart put…

The TikTok app's logo seen on a mobile phone screen.

February 12, 2021

Transnational Crime
Nigeria's Enduring "Gold Wars"

Conflicts in northwest Nigeria over access to minerals—especially gold—are heating up. Illicit mining also causes environmental damage, thus exacerbating land and water shortages that cause further conflict.

A man standing in a small pool of water is using a plastic sheet with holes to filter gold dust.

February 11, 2021

Afghanistan
Two Cheers for Jen Psaki

As a Republican, I find myself disagreeing with very many statements made by the new White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki.  Why then two cheers?  She speaks English properly.  That may not se…

February 8, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Right Response to SolarWinds

A strongly worded message has been sent to Moscow, but a forcible response that changes minds is elusive.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen during a visit to the State Department.

February 8, 2021

Human Trafficking
What Role Should Anti-Trafficking Play in U.S. Development Efforts?

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

A woman picking cotton.