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April 7, 2021

Nigeria
Attacks Against Security Facilities Accelerate in Former Biafra

On April 5, gunmen attacked a prison in Owerri, Nigeria, freeing 1,844 inmates. (Owerri, the capital of Imo State, is a major trading center with more than one million residents.) On April 6, “bandits” stormed a police station in Ehime Mbano, also in Imo.

A picture of a prison with walls covered in ash and a torched car outside.

February 8, 2021

Nigeria
Security Deteriorating in Nigeria’s Former “Biafra”

Fighting between government forces and Igbo separatists risks adding another challenge for the Buhari administration. The emergence of an Igbo paramilitary force highlights the growing breakdown of any federal government monopoly on the use of force.

A concrete wall with barbed wire on top and bullet holes is pictured. IPOB, shorthand for the Indigenous People of Biafra, is written above a flag of the Republic of Biafra, a short-lived breakaway state in Nigeria. The flag has three horizontal bars--red, black, and green, from top to bottom--with a half-risen, yellow sun in the middle, black band.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."

December 28, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Foreign Policy Notables Who Died in 2020

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 2020 who through…

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December 21, 2020

Cybersecurity
Assessing President Trump’s Legacy of Cyber Confusion

The Trump administration leaves a legacy of confusion over cybersecurity issues with few positives.

U.S. President Trump stands onto the field at Michie Stadium ahead of the annual Army-Navy collegiate football game.

December 11, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should a Retired General Be Secretary of Defense?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden’s nomination of General Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense raises question…

Retired General Lloyd Austin speaks at a podium as President-Elect Joe Biden sits behind him.

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
U.S.-Mexico Partnership Will Get More Prickly

Beyond his bluster on migration and trade, Donald Trump actually asked little of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. That will change under Joe Biden.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (L) shakes hands with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) during a photo opportunity in Mexico City March 5, 2012.

July 28, 2020

South Africa
Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela Ally and Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dies in South Africa

Andrew Mlangeni was the last living defendant of the 1963 Rivonia trial, which resulted in the sentencing of Andrew and ten others, among them, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and, most famously, Nelson Mandela.

Andrew Mlageni, an aged, bald man with glasses, sits at a dais. His name is on a lit-up placard in front of him, as is a thin microphone. He is speaking.

June 25, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

May 22, 2020

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

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