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September 18, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force

September 23, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
How Is the U.S. Military Pivoting in Europe?

The U.S. military is considering some major shifts to its posture in Europe, including a large withdrawal from bases in Germany, that are raising security concerns on the continent.

July 13, 2020

Defense and Security
Demographics of the U.S. Military

Deployed around the world, the armed forces are a pillar of U.S. power and influence abroad. But many civilians are unfamiliar with their composition. How much does the military resemble U.S. society…

Women serving in the United States Air Force stand in salute.

September 18, 2020

Global
Women’s Power Index

Find out where women around the world wield political power—and why it matters.

September 24, 2020

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces complications due to the coronavirus…

Aerial shot suburban LA

September 24, 2020

Mali
France Insists on Mali's Return to Civilian Rule

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a September 22 UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, made continued French military involvement contingent upon Mali's restoration of civilian rule.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers at a speech at a lectern covered with roses. He stands in front of a French flag, a European Union flag, and an Iraqi flag.

September 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Let’s Make Women’s Power Culturally Acceptable

Twenty-five years ago this month, delegates from 189 countries descended on Beijing to participate in the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women. At the conclusion of the summit, years of a…

Fourth World Conference on Women

September 23, 2020

Space
The White House Adopts Cybersecurity Policy for Activities in Outer Space

The Trump administration's newly issued directive on cybersecurity policy for outer space is another small step towards taking cyber threats to U.S. space systems seriously.

Vice President Mike Pence in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

September 23, 2020

Mozambique
Failures of Governance Exacerbate Situation in Mozambique

The worsening crisis in northern Mozambique is a case study in why governance matters. For years, the prevailing narrative about Mozambique was all about peace dividends, economic growth, and the promise the country’s extraordinary natural resources.

A local walks past a billboard with a picture of Mozambique's president and leader of the Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi, in Maputo, Mozambique, October 11, 2019

September 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.