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May 29, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 19 - May 25

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 19 and May 25.

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May 21, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 12 - May 18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 12 and May 18.

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May 14, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 5 - May 11

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between May 5 and May 11.

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October 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that th…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

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October 11, 2018

Trade
Trump's Stimulus Trumps his Trade Policy

It is hard to think of a President more committed—at least rhetorically—to closing the trade balance than President Trump. The usual criticism of his trade policy is that it is overly focused on a si…

Trump's Stimulus Trumps his Trade Policy

October 10, 2018

South Africa
South African Finance Minister Nene Resigns Amid Political Pressure

On October 9, President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister. Critics are accusing Nene of lying about the frequency of his contacts with the notorious Gupta family, which is now being investigated for “state capture.”

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October 9, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 12, 2018

This week: Questioning the Bloomberg SuperMicro story, giving the EU authority to sanction in response to cyber operations, Google drops out of JEDI, intelligence sharing to counter China. 

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October 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
Sharing is Caring: The United States’ New Cyber Commitment for NATO

An expected Pentagon announcement suggests that the United States might use cyber capabilities alongside conventional weapons with NATO allies. That's a subtle, yet significant shift in policy. 

Mattis Stoltenberg