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March 17, 2021

Nigeria
The Nigerian Military’s Missing Link: A Joint Special Operations Command

Nigeria’s northern regions continue to struggle with insecurity, claiming the lives of tens of thousands and displacing millions due to armed banditry and Boko Haram.

A camouflaged Nigerian military truck with a soldier sitting in the back manning a mounted gun.

March 31, 2021

Cybersecurity
Risk Aversion Is at the Heart of the Cyber Response Dilemma

Western countries view the cyber domain as a highly uncertain and potentially escalatory environment, which takes more forceful response options off the table.

U.S. President Joe Biden is seated.

March 29, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Myanmar Massacre and Insight Into the Myanmar Military

The past weekend was extremely bloody in Myanmar, where the Civil Disobedience Movement faces off against the military, and has so, for roughly two months now. On Armed Forces day last Saturday, mili…

Demonstrators hide behind a barricade during protests against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 28, 2021, in this screen grab taken from a social media video obtained by Reuters.

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

Including the SDF-held Northeast in the UN peace talks would be a way to accomplish both.

Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016.

March 22, 2021

Americas
More Than a Few Good Women: Improving Hemispheric Security by Advancing Gender Inclusivity in Military and Police

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most violent region in the world. Overwhelmed police and military forces stand to improve their effectiveness and accountability by unleashing a secret wea…

A female solider with face paint and a red scarf marches while carrying a gun.

March 18, 2021

Heads of State and Government
John Magufuli, Tanzania’s COVID-Denying President, Dies

Vice President Samia Suluhu, announcing President John Magufuli’s death yesterday, said the president died from a heart condition, and that he had been treated at two different hospitals in Dar es Salaam.

A copy of the Tanzanian newspaper "The Citizen," with the headline "Nation mourns," shows a picture of recently deceased President John Magufuli after his death was announced yesterday. In the bottom left, a picture of soon-to-be-president Samia Suluhu.

March 17, 2021

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q4 2020

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between October and December 2020.

Cyber Operations Tracker

March 15, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Iran-Russia Cyber Agreement and U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

The new cooperation agreement between Russia and Iran on cybersecurity and information technology is likely to create new hurdles for the United States and its allies in the Middle East.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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 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.