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August 12, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 12, 2022

U.S. sanctions Tornado Cash; Samsung invests $3.3 billion in Vietnam; Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act; Greek Prime Minister rocked by spying scandal; China investigates microchip fund.

Joe Biden sits behind a desk with the Presidential Seal on it, flanked by a group of people clapping.

August 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

May 26, 2022

Nigeria
Reaction to “Blasphemy” Killing Illustrates Complicated Role of Religion in Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

Horrendous killing of college sophomore highlights the country’s ethnoreligious fault line, but interdenominational rivalry in the south is of no less moment. All in all, reactions to the murder of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level home economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, have exposed Nigeria’s deepest political fractures and lingering questions over citizenship, national identity, and secularity. On May 12, following disagreement over a WhatsApp voice note deemed to have been blasphemous against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, a mob comprising some of the twenty-two-year-old’s schoolmates brutally clubbed and stoned her to death, after which they proceeded to incinerate her body.

Pastor lectures with a microphone and gestures with his arm wearing a formal attire.

April 19, 2022

Technology and Innovation
Facebook’s Content Moderation Failures in Ethiopia

Facebook has failed to moderate content in underserved countries. Facebook and other social media companies must invest more in local content moderation, instead of relying on global AI systems.

A group of Ethiopian militia members ride in the back of a truck, carrying an Ethiopian flag and brandishing assault rifles.

March 7, 2022

China
How Beijing Squares Its Noninterference Circle

Beijing is seeking to downplay the extent to which its core principle of noninterference is relevant to Putin's war in Ukraine.

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin in 2019

October 29, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 29, 2021

REvil forced offline; FTC investigating Facebook; Nobelium attacks again; Blinken announces new cyber czar at State Department; Iranian gas stations hacked; the reemergence of NFTs in China

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress in 2018.

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

May 18, 2021

Global Governance
When Assessing Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering, Don’t Assume the Future Will Look Like the Past

Attempting to shut down discussion of the potential weaponization of geoengineering is unwise. We can only see a short way into the future.

Three trees tightly packed together with ominous dark rain clouds are lit by the setting sun near the village of Chernogorovo, Bulgaria on July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

April 14, 2021

Southeast Asia
ASEAN’s Myanmar Crisis

With the situation in Myanmar disintegrating into chaos, and Myanmar possibly becoming a potential failed state, some regional powers, including the United States and Australia, have taken significan…

An anti-coup protester walks past burning tires after activists launched a "garbage strike" against the military rule, in Yangon, Myanmar on March 30, 2021.

April 9, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: April 9, 2021

Data leak exposes 533 million Facebook users; Belgian authorities decrypt half a billion messages on Sky ECC, confiscate twenty-seven tons of cocaine; Automobile manufacturers call upon U.S. governme…

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