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March 15, 2018

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

March 9, 2018

Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker, an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes …

February 26, 2018

Influence Campaigns and Disinformation
Robert Mueller Russia Investigation Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Charges of foreign power interference in the U.S. presidential election have raised grave national security concerns and touched off multiple federal inquiries that could drag on for months.

February 22, 2018

Nigeria-Boko-Haram-School-Girl-Kidnapping-Dapchi Latest Boko Haram Kidnapping Recalls Chibok in 2014

he latest Boko Haram kidnapping of female students sheds some light on the terrorist group’s current operational capacity and also highlights President Muhammadu Buhari’s direct involvement.

February 8, 2018

China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

February 6, 2018

East Germany was a perennial powerhouse at winter games, including the 1988 Calgary games where it won gold and bronze in the women’s 1000 meters Speedskating event. The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy

While sports may temporarily transcend divisions in society, events like the Olympics rarely serve to advance countries’ diplomatic aims.

January 24, 2018

Nigeria-Obasanjo-Politics-Coalition-Movement Former President Obasanjo Excoriates Nigeria's Politics, Proposes New Path

Obasanjo’s statement is significant for its apparently clear-eyed assessment of the current state of Nigerian governance, as well as its harsh criticism of his successors, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. It is also indicative of the widespread reassessment of Nigeria’s political institutions now underway across the country.

January 11, 2018

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil. Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

January 9, 2018

Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

November 14, 2017

United States
Global Gun Policy Comparisons U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world.