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January 25, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Doctrines and the Risk of Nuclear Crisis Instability. Part 2: Russian and Chinese Use of Proxies

The use of cyber proxies by Russia and China compounds the risk of nuclear crisis instability caused by cyber operations.

The 103-foot Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

January 12, 2021

Censorship and Freedom of Expression
Authoritarianism, Social Media, the United States, and Africa

Twitter and other social media platforms have suspended or restricted President Donald J. Trump's access, mostly because of his and his followers’ use of them to incite violence, though their stated, precise reasons vary from one to another.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on a smartphone at the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C. on January 8, 2021.

December 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
No, the United States Does Not Spend Too Much on Cyber Offense

Contrary to arguments that the United States spends too much on cyber offense, more spending on offensive and defensive capabilities could be in the cards for the future.

SolarWinds Corp banner hangs at the New York Stock Exchange.

December 15, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Schoolboy Kidnapping Likely Criminal, Not Boko Haram

The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, located in Nigeria's northwestern Katsina state, recalls Boko Haram's 2014 kidnapping of Chibok schoolgirls.

A group of parents are seen gathered outside of a school in northern Nigeria. Many are wearing traditional Islamic dress. Some parents are sitting, others standing.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

December 4, 2020

Nigeria
Delegitimizing Armed Agitations in the Niger Delta

Militant groups under the platform of MEND unleashed coordinated attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas infrastructure from 2006 to 2009. The pace of attacks fell after President Umaru Yar’Adua established an Amnesty Program that ostensibly included disarmament

A man is seen walking by a massive flame, the result of gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

December 2, 2020

United States
Ten Anniversaries to Note in 2021

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand twenty witnessed many significant anniversaries: the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War …

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

November 23, 2020

Mozambique
The Military-First Approach in Northern Mozambique is Bound to Fail

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. On October 14, the Islamist insurgency focused in northern Mozambique spilled over into Tanzania, with an …

An image of burned out huts in Chitolo village in northern Mozambique, which was attacked as part of an Islamist insurgency active in the area.

November 20, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: Should Lame-Duck Presidents Make Major Foreign Policy Decisions?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…

President Donald Trump stands looking up in front of a U.S. flag.