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August 20, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.

Boko Haram Nigeria Rann IDP Camp

February 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
A Fancy Bear Finds Its Way Into the Middle Kingdom

Lorand Laskai, research assistant in the Asia studies program, and Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program, contributed to this post. Earlier this week, Chine…

CFR Cyber Net Politics Russia Bear

February 15, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Women Are Critical to Counterterrorism

President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend refugee admissions to the United States and block the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been criticized as a violation of longstanding U.S. …

The first all-female unit of United Nations peacekeepers stand at attention as they arrive in Monrovia

June 30, 2017

South China Sea
The False Choice of War or Accommodation in the South China Sea

I appreciate Hugh White taking the time to critique my essay in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, which recommends a course correction in US strategy to deter and, if necessary, deny Chinese co…

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean. April 25, 2017.

July 11, 2017

Gender
Violence Against Female Politicians

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Hilary Matfess,…

Iranian women vote

October 24, 2017

China
Empowering China’s New Miracle Workers

China’s success in the next five years will depend largely on how well the government manages the tensions underlying its complex agenda. In particular, China’s leaders will need to balance a muscula…

China's President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

November 28, 2017

Economics
The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy

November 28, 2017

China
Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China.

December 7, 2017

Elections and Voting
Pivotal Elections of 2017

The past year saw voters around the world shake the status quo and reshape longstanding assumptions in elections across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Kenya elections