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September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

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.

September 14, 2021

Southeast Asia
What is the Influence of Chinese Media in West Africa?

There is a disagreement between Ghanaian journalists and policymakers and their Nigerian counterparts over the perception of Chinese media sources.

Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in front of Chinese and Ghanian flags.

September 13, 2021

Digital Policy
The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security

Even if overlooked, these metal tubes are essential to the global internet as we know it.

Reels of optical fiber cables are seen in a storage area in Perugia, Italy, June 23, 2017.

August 31, 2021

Cybersecurity
Statecraft and Strategy Under the Eroding Monopoly of Cyber Intelligence

The question of who “owns” cyber intelligence has profound implications for the geopolitical landscape. Grappling with this reality and its consequences is crucial.

Attendees walk by the FireEye booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas

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.

August 12, 2021

Ethiopia
Ethiopia Plunges Deeper Into Conflict

Nine months after fighting erupted in the northern region of Tigray, Ethiopia is going from bad to worse. The conflict has expanded geographically to Afar and Amhara, regions outside of Tigray’s borders, drawing in new combatants as the federal government mobilizes ethnic militia forces from around the country and calls upon “all capable Ethiopians of age” to take up arms and fight.

A rusted tank sits in a rocky area next to a road.

August 4, 2021

Tanzania
Arrests of Tanzanian Opposition Underline Need for Constitutional Reform

On July 21, Freeman Mbowe, chairman of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (the Party for Democracy and Progress, CHADEMA), and ten other party members were arrested in Mwanza, apparently for violating a ban on “unnecessary gatherings.” The ban, enacted the day prior, was officially billed as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Yet its timing, coming just before a conference on discussing constitutional reform, and the charges levelled against Mbowe—the party leader is accused, without evidence, of funding terrorist activities aimed at assassinating government leaders—suggest the true intent is to suppress calls for much-needed constitutional reform.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and former President Jakaya Kikwete stand side-by-side.

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

July 8, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Clashes With Twitter Chief Executive Dorsey

The Buhari administration's June ban on Twitter in Nigeria, combined with proposals within Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow the federal government to establish a "code of conduct" for Nigeria's media to counter, among other things, "fake news," rightly sets off alarm bells within the human rights community.

A picture of the cover of the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian with the headline "Outrage As Buhari Bans Twitter" and a picture of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. A man looks at the newsstand selling the paper.