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February 15, 2019

United States
Who Secures the U.S. Border?

U.S. troops have been sent to the border with Mexico to supplement the work of Border Patrol agents amid debate over the merits of building a wall. Here are the facts.

U.S. troops erect razor wire at the southwest border.

May 13, 2002

United States
Maritime Transportation and Port Security

Statement of Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Council on Foreign Relations on “Maritime Transportation and Port …

January 1, 2006

Defense and Security
Targets for Terrorism: Ports

This publication is now archived. Could terrorists attack U.S. ports? Yes. Experts warn that U.S. seaports could be tempting targets for terrorists bent on killing large numbers of people, grabbing m…

September 13, 2019

Nigeria
Niger and Nigeria Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Cross-Border Crime

Zakari Oumoru, the governor of Maradi, a region (equivalent to a state) in Niger, hosted a cross-border meeting with the Nigerian governors of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara states to focus on cross-border crime, particularly banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling. The governors of the four states signed a memorandum of understanding, the text of which has not yet been carried in the Nigerian media. However, it appears to pledge closer cooperation against cross-border crime. Also present were representatives of the Nigerian security services based in the three Nigerian states.

A soldier stands on the side of the road in front of sparse trees on a sandy landscape.

February 21, 2006

Defense and Security
The UAE purchase of American port facilities

A United Arab Emirates-owned company is set to take control of terminals in six major U.S. ports, raising questions about security.

January 14, 2019

United States
Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security

The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.

U.S. President Donald Trump puts his hand on a drone aircraft used to patrol the border at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017.

February 7, 2013

China
Will Piekos: China’s Port in Gwadar—Another Pearl Encircling India?

Will Piekos is a Research Associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. There is a lot of speculation as to China’s intentions surrounding the acquisition of Pakistan’s Gwadar port…

A view of Pakistan's deep-sea port of Gwadar on the Arabian sea in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on February 6, 2007.

October 19, 2011

United States
Ports’ Role in U.S. Competitiveness

Kurt J. Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities, discusses the infrastructure investment needed to increase U.S. trade and competitiveness with CFR’s director of stud…

April 4, 2019

Americas
Trump’s Bullying on Border Crisis Will Backfire

Mexico and Central America can do little to curb migration without robust U.S. support.

Father and son walk in a caravan of migrants en route to U.S. in San Salvador

March 10, 2017

Immigration and Migration
Five Facts about Bad Hombres and Border Security

The new administration has emphasized the need to curb security threats from Latin America: bad hombres, rapist Mexicans, and the wall are among the wrenching rhetorical symbols that President Trump …

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