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February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra-Leone-Kamajors-Vigilante-Counterinsurgency-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.

January 17, 2018

U.S. Congress
Royce-Africa-Powell-Congress Ed Royce, Champion of Africa in the U.S. House, Will not Run for Reelection

This is a guest blog post by Anthony Carroll. Anthony is founding director of Acorus Capital, a private equity fund investing in Africa, and a vice president of Manchester Trade Limited, an internati…

January 9, 2018

Somalia
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. 

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

February 27, 2013

Defense and Security
Panetta Goodbye Leon Panetta’s Legacy

On August 4, 2011, six weeks into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta gave his first press briefing at the Pentagon. After briefly commenting on the impressive civilian and military lead…

July 17, 2017

Gender
girls Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 8 to July 17, was compiled with supp…

July 13, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
National-Security-Climate-Change-Congress National Security Implications of Climate Change

The United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted a series of roundtables tackling issues on climate change. On July 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C., Ambassador John Campbell pa…

June 27, 2017

India
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi head back to the Oval Office after delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. Role Reversal: As the United States Steps Back From Global Leadership, India Steps Up

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, he will find an America rethinking its global leadership role, looking more inw…

June 16, 2017

Asia
Favipiravir-Japan A Tale of Two Anti-Ebola Drugs

Since April, cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of June 6, there were eight probable and confirmed cases, which were associated with four de…

June 12, 2017

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
A Red Cross worker sprays bleach to disinfect children in Forecariah, Guinea. Ebola Virus

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed thousands and spurred efforts to improve responses to pandemics.