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February 17, 2021

News Release
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Recounts the Untold Story of the Women Who Fought to Defeat ISIS, in New Book

In 2014, a remarkable all-women militia faced off against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Kobani, a small town in northeastern Syria, which became a turning point in the fight against ISIS. In h…

February 16, 2021

Boko Haram
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 6–12

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 6 to February 12, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

February 9, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Troubled History: Coups, Military Rule, and Ethnic Conflict

The military’s recent coup and ongoing violent campaign against the Rohingya minority group have dashed hopes for democratic progress in Myanmar.

A person in a crowd of protesters holds up an image of Myanmar General Min Aung Hliang with a red x drawn over the general's face.

February 8, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Right Response to SolarWinds

A strongly worded message has been sent to Moscow, but a forcible response that changes minds is elusive.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen during a visit to the State Department.

February 3, 2021

Cybersecurity
Time to End the Dual Hat?

Following the SolarWinds breach, there have been renewed calls for the end of the dual-hat authority that governs the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, head of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command.

February 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
Aftershocks of Myanmar’s Coup: Policy Options

In responding to the Monday coup in Myanmar, which has clearly put the military in power for an indefinite period of time, the United States and many other outside actors do not have a wide range of …

Soldiers stand guard at a Myanmar's military checkpoint on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on February 1, 2021.

February 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Coup: The Aftershocks

On Monday morning Myanmar time, the Myanmar military staged a coup, its first coup since 1988, but hardly unique in Myanmar’s modern history. This coup bore all the hallmarks of previous military tak…

Myanmar's military checkpoint is seen on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on February 1, 2021.

January 28, 2021

Cybersecurity
Most Tools Failed to Detect the SolarWinds Malware. Those That Did Failed Too

The SolarWinds breach shows that even the best-intentioned companies that have pledged to work cooperatively are not doing so in practice, at least when it counts.

The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

January 25, 2021

Russia
Putin vs. Navalny: Can Russia’s Protesters Prevail?

The Putin regime remains strong, but nationwide protests in support of Alexei Navalny are the most serious challenge to it in years.

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.