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October 22, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 22, 2021

Iranian malware identified across the Middle East; the reemergence of DarkSide; the Counter-Ransomware Initiative meets; LinkedIn shuts down platform in China; Klobuchar pushes antitrust bill.

Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Grassley (R-IA) in a committee hearing

October 18, 2021

Cameroon
Cameroon Presidential Succession Looms Large in Solving Country's Political Crises

In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day, the country’s civil conflict inflicts a brutal toll on the population, with surprisingly little outside attention. For five years, a deepening crisis has pit anglophone separatists against federal authorities, leading to thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced—disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children in the process.

Soldiers brandishing rifles sit in the back of a camouflaged pickup truck. An election advertisement board of Cameroon President Paul Biya is seen behind them alongside another billboard with an advertisement.

October 5, 2021

Japan
The Road Ahead for Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida won his party’s leadership election and yesterday Japan’s parliament voted him in as prime minister of Japan. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 4, 2021

October 5, 2021

Australia
More Than Submarines: Implications of AUKUS in the Air Domain

The benefits of AUKUS for Indo-Pacific competition transcend nuclear submarines.

Australian Minister of Defense stands at podium at U.S. State Department delivering remarks. Several other political leaders stand at similar podiums in the background.

September 27, 2021

Sudan
Thwarted Coup Signals Dangerous Times for Sudan’s Transition

On September 21, Sudanese authorities announced that they had thwarted an attempted coup. Civilian leaders assert that the incident is just another example of the urgent need for security-sector reform; meanwhile, military leaders have suggested that civilian mismanagement of the economy provides fertile ground for attempts to overthrow the government.

Protesters raise their arms while standing next to a truck with armed men standing in the bed of the truck.

September 20, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: U.S. Sanctions Threat Attempts to Change the Equation

Last week, the Biden administration rolled out a new executive order authorizing targeted financial sanctions on those found to be responsible for, or complicit in, exacerbating the conflict in and around the Tigray region or Ethiopia, hindering humanitarian assistance in region, or undermining Ethiopia’s democracy or territorial integrity. In its announcement, the White House was explicit in putting all of the parties to the conflict on notice, underscoring that the sanctions could apply to those in the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Amhara region’s government and forces.

Several individuals stand in back of an armed truck.

August 31, 2021

Japan
Politics Heat Up in Tokyo

What a difference a week makes. 

Fumio Kishida, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker and former foreign minister, shows his notebook during a news conference as he announces his candidacy for the party's presidential election.

August 25, 2021

Kenya
BBI Ruling Leaves Kenya at a Crossroads

On August 20, Kenya’s Court of Appeals upheld a ruling declaring President Kenyatta’s signature political reform project, the Building Bridges Initiative, unconstitutional, altering the course of Kenyan politics one year out from the next general election cycle.

Three Kenyan judges, one sitting below the Kenyan coat of arms, are seen seated wearing judicial garb and medical facemasks.

August 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar: Asia’s Orphaned Cinderella

Six months after a military coup, Myanmar remains orphaned both by regional powers and the West.

Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing presides over an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021.