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September 7, 2017

Nigeria
China-Nigeria-Buhari-Keqiang-Infrastructure China Gives a Dam

The Nigerian government has announced that the China Civil Engineering Corporation will complete a huge hydropower plant in the Mambila region of Taraba state, a plateau near the border with Cameroon…

December 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
gerd-dam Development of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

This is a guest post by Caila Glickman, volunteer intern for the Council on Foreign Relations’ department of Global Health. Caila is currently a pre-med student at Oberlin College studying chemistry …

January 16, 2018

Egypt
BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

January 30, 2018

Ukraine
Ukraine Flag Maidan Cyber Mercenaries and the Crisis in Ukraine

Many states outsource their cyber operations to non-state actors, with varying degrees of control over their actions. The crisis in Ukraine is a perfect example of this phenomenon. 

January 12, 2018

United States
The State of U.S. Infrastructure The State of U.S. Infrastructure

Amid deliberations over President Trump’s first budget, debate has intensified over how to improve the nation’s infrastructure, as analysts say U.S. transportation, water, and other systems face majo…

November 1, 2017

Cybersecurity
CFR Tracker Documents Rise in States Sponsoring Cyberattacks

The number of countries sponsoring cyber operations is rising, reveals a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Cyber Operations Tracker that catalogs nearly two hundred state-sponsored cyber inciden…

May 28, 2013

Energy and Environment
belo monte blog post Challenges of Equitable Economic Development and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam

The Belo Monte dam in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon basin has been at the center of controversy concerning hydropower infrastructure projects since protest of the project began in 2008. The confl…

May 24, 2011

China
A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010. The Truth about the Three Gorges Dam

A worker clears floating garbage on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province on August 1, 2010. (China Daily Information Group/Courtesy Reuters) It has only taken ninet…

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Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture

The Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism honors the memory of CFR member Kenneth A. Moskow. For most of his professional life, Moskow worked in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, This series is made possible by a generous bequest from Moskow, whose intent was to establish an annual meeting at CFR to bring together the leaders of the intelligence community and promote discussion on critical issues in counterterrorism.

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…