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May 3, 2021

Nigeria
In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa

On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa. The request marks a reversal of official Nigerian opposition—first made public twelve years ago—to AFRICOM plans to move to the continent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on a television screen speaking during a virtual visit to the U.S. State Department, in which he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

April 30, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 30, 2021

India orders suppression of critical social media posts amid COVID-19 outbreak; Senate Intelligence Committee crafting cyber breach notification law; Japanese government to impose stricter rules on e…

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Mark Warner, D-VA, speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

March 30, 2021

Japan
Japanese Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage on the Nation’s Agenda

Erin Gallagher is a research associate for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.   On March 17, three couples in Hokkaido won a landmark case in the Sapporo District Court. Thousan…

Plaintiffs' lawyers and supporters show a banner stating the ruling found the government measures unconstitutional, after a district court ruled on the legality of same-sex marriages outside Sapporo District Court

March 29, 2021

Tibet
China’s Policies in Its Far West: The Claim of Tibet-Xinjiang Equivalence

Robert Barnett is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; an Affiliate Researcher at King’s College, London; and former Director of Mode…

Tibetan Buddhists walk past a poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Hu Jintao during a government-organized tour of Tibet on October 15, 2020.

March 25, 2021

Human Trafficking
Collaborating to Break the Cycle of Modern Slavery

This article was authored by Richard Samans, director of research at the International Labor Organization and chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. He served previously as managing dire…

A coffee farmworker is shown during a state inspection to detect potential cases of modern slavery in Campos Altos, Brazil.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity
Unexpectedly, All UN Countries Agreed on a Cybersecurity Report. So What?

A consensus report at the United Nations further solidifies past progress and could enable a greater degree of accountability for malicious state behavior in cyberspace.

A gavel and a block is pictured.

March 5, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Soldiers in Saudi Arabia

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 covers February 22 to March 5.

Hanadi Hindi, first female pilot from Saudi Arabia, sits in the cockpit of a plane prior to takeoff in Amman, Jordan in 2003.

March 1, 2021

Cybersecurity
Christina Ayiotis Should Get a Blue Check Mark. So Should Everyone Else

Widespread identity verification on social media platforms would make it harder for malicious actors to impersonate real people.

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo.

February 26, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 26, 2021

Chinese spyware traced back to stolen National Security Agency exploit; Congress holds first public hearing on SolarWinds; Russian hackers target Ukrainian government document circulation system; Bid…

FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia, SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna and Microsoft President Brad Smith speak with each other before the start of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

February 18, 2021

Asia
Why a Cross-Strait Crisis Will Be Averted in 2021

Many prominent analysts believe that a crisis over Taiwan is brewing and that the chances of a war between China and Taiwan, which has the potential to involve the United States, over the next year i…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen oversees a military emergency drill in Tainan, Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.