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April 15, 2021

Nigeria
Ambiguous Reporting Emerges From the Nigeria-Cameroon Border

A recent Voice of America report describes the gradual resumption of cross-border economic activity with Cameroon in the far northeastern sliver of Nigeria that borders on Cameroon and Chad.

A soldier patrols in northern Cameroon in an area afflicted by the Boko Haram insurgency. A woman stands behind him in the distance next to a structure made out of metal and spare wood.

April 14, 2021

Afghanistan
Biden’s 9/11 Withdrawal From Afghanistan: What to Know

A complete U.S. military withdrawal by September 11, 2021, could allow the Taliban to take over much of Afghanistan.

April 13, 2021

United States
Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy?

Higher education provides students many socioeconomic benefits and increases the global competitiveness of the United States, but mounting student loan debt has sparked a debate over federal lending …

Students attend their graduation ceremony at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

April 13, 2021

Chad
Chad Holds Another Sham Election

On April 11, Chadians went cast their votes to elect a president. Not that the outcome was ever in doubt: incumbent president Idriss Deby, born in 1952, said publicly that he knew in advance that he would win "as I have done for the last thirty years."

A picture of Chadian President Idriss Deby.

April 12, 2021

United States
How the U.S. Patrols Its Borders

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

An aerial photo of a line of people sitting near a white pickup truck. They are facing a border barrier.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

April 8, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
U.S. Defense Chief Visits Israel, Iran Deal Talks Continue in Vienna, and More

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is slated to travel to Israel; talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal continue in Vienna, Austria; and Peru holds a general election.

Podcast A protester with the Lion and Sun flag of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, takes a selfie in front of the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6, 2021, where diplomats of the EU, China, Russia and Iran hold talks.

April 9, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 9, 2021

Data leak exposes 533 million Facebook users; Belgian authorities decrypt half a billion messages on Sky ECC, confiscate twenty-seven tons of cocaine; Automobile manufacturers call upon U.S. governme…

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo

April 8, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, debate continues over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face major …

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

April 8, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Got His Groove Back

It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.