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December 1, 2017

Yemen
Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off. How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

November 28, 2017

United States
U.S. Needs a Preventive Strategy to Avoid Costly Conflicts and Preserve America’s Global Standing, Says Paul B. Stares

November 28, 2017—To remain the preeminent global power, the United States must avoid costly conflicts that drain its resources and distract its leadership from addressing pressing domestic prioritie…

September 22, 2017

Armenia
Reuters A Simmering Crisis Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Talks later this year between President Serzh Sargsyan and President Ilham Aliyev can reduce the likelihood of renewed armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

October 16, 2012

octlightblogging Light Blogging

Blogging will be light for the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some interesting new releases on the Middle East that you may enjoy: The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran by Ali Ansar…

February 21, 2018

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reuters The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.

February 13, 2018

United States
The Marshall Plan Holds Lessons for Present Tensions With Russia, Benn Steil Writes in New Book

February 13, 2018—The Marshall Plan—the costly and ambitious initiative to revive western Europe after World War II—marked the true beginning of the Cold War, argues Benn Steil. Bringing to bear …

September 15, 2017

Rwanda
Paul-Kagame-Rwanda-UN-General-Assembly The Paradox of Rwanda's Paul Kagame

President Paul Kagame, along with many other chiefs of state, will be visiting New York for the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump is scheduled to host African heads…

February 5, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Operations Tracker New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period of September to December 2017, and overall statistics of state-sponsored cyber operations for 2017.

January 22, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
child bride india Human Trafficking and Slavery in the 21st Century

A new CFR Infoguide sheds light on the causes and costs of modern slavery around the world. 

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.