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December 18, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The International Crisis Group on the “Massacre” of Shia in Northern Nigeria

The International Crisis Group (ICG), a highly respected non-governmental organization devoted to conflict resolution and prevention, has published a quick guide to the conflict between the Shia Isla…

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November 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
International Crisis Group Warns on the Ivory Coast

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague recently unsealed an arrest warrant against former first lady Simone Gbagbo. In effect, she is charged with being a full accomplice in the crimes o…

A man pushes a bicycle past FRCI on patrol on a road near Sacre village, in the western Tai area near Ivory Coast's border with Liberia 17/06/2012.

June 27, 2011

China
Are Multilateral Groups Missing the Point?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center, L) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (center, R) co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeak…

Are Multilateral Groups Missing the Point?

October 11, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
How Violent Extremist Groups Profit From the Trafficking of Girls

As the world celebrates the power and potential of girls today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we must also grapple with the significant obstacles that prevent girls from participating f…

One of the twenty-one Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram carries her baby during their visit to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Abuja, Nigeria. October 19, 2016.

February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Podcast: Vigilante Groups and Countering Insurgencies in Africa

Vigilante groups usually arise in weak states with deteriorating security situations in which locals feel compelled to take their security into their own hands. The state will often try to co-opt these militias, who are afforded a level of legitimacy in their communities that the military is not, at least initially, and thus have a distinct advantage in counterinsurgency operations.

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October 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
A Review of “The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century”

By Hunter Marston and Joshua Kurlantzick Hunter Marston is a doctoral candidate at Australian National University. In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news …

Myanmar Author Thant Myint-U speaks during the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Jaipur on January 23, 2012.

October 8, 2019

Iran
1970s Oil Crisis Redux or Oil Price Rout?

It has been four weeks since a major military attack on critical oil facilities in Saudi Arabia shocked the world and very little has happened to suggest such an event couldn’t happen again. That beg…

Some Motorists Ran Out of Gas Such as This Man in Portland and Had to Stand in Line with a Gas Can During the Fuel Crisis in the Pacific Northwest.

October 2, 2019

Tanzania
International Health Officials and Tanzania Clash Over Potential Ebola Case

On September 8, a woman in her mid-thirties died in Tanzania of apparently Ebola-like symptoms. Tanzanian health officials conducted an autopsy, but ruled that Ebola was not the cause of death. The p…

Health workers dressed in protective suits stand on the other side of an orange fence.

May 3, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Distrust at Core of Ebola Crisis in Eastern Congo

The Ebola vaccine is proving highly effective in Eastern Conog, but distrust of health workers, skepticism of the disease’s existence, and attacks on medical facilities are stymying progress.

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July 3, 2019

North Korea
The Fissile State of International Nuclear Cooperation

Arms control and diplomacy are falling by the wayside as countries modernize arsenals and renew their focus on geopolitical competition.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.