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January 7, 2020

Iran
Death of Iranian General Soleimani Provokes Muted Reaction in Africa’s Giants

Nigeria and South Africa are the giants of Africa, with the two largest economies on the continent.  Both have had long-term relationships with Iran, though South Africa’s has been the closer. Thus far, the official reaction to Soleimani’s death from Nigeria and South Africa has been muted or non-existent, reflecting caution. Though the Nigerian inspector general of police has put his forces on “red alert,” likely fearing action by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) or other alleged Iranian proxies, there has been no apparent word from the government. In South Africa, the fiercest reaction came from the African National Congress (ANC), while Naledi Pandor, the South African foreign minister, called for calm.

Women hold pictures of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, during a funeral procession and burial at his hometown in Kerman, Iran, on January 7, 2020.

August 20, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Disinformation and Disease: Social Media and the Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The proliferation of disinformation online amidst the DRC’s outbreak of the Ebola virus is a serious threat to global health. Efforts to curb bad information and conspiracy theories on social media a…

Children look at a billboard providing information about Ebola outside the newly constructed MSF (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment centre in Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo, August 3, 2019.

August 13, 2019

Cybersecurity
The Cyber Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy

The integration of the internet and cyberspace into democratic politics has contributed to a crisis in Anglo-American democracy, with an intensely polarized population, constantly distracted politica…

U.S. President Donald Trump greets British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) as they take part in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017.

August 6, 2019

Cybersecurity
Terrorism, Social Media, and the El Paso Tragedy

The El Paso tragedy underscores the need to take stock, again, of strategies for addressing how terrorist and extremist groups exploit the internet to spread hate and incite violence.

Mourners take part in a vigil at El Paso High School after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019.

December 20, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Sixth Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the Democratic debate, financial corruption, and progressive foreign policy.

Senator Bernie Sanders listens to Senator Amy Klobuchar speak at the Democratic presidential debate on December 19.

December 17, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Nuclear Weapons Policy?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a test at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

July 23, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Capabilities Are Not Weapons of War? A Closer Look at the Analogy to Biological Weapons

A comparison of cyber and biological weapons and the treatment of biological weapons in international law suggests that both the direct and indirect effects of cyber weapons should be considered when…

A message demanding money is seen on a monitor of a payment terminal at a branch of Ukraine's state-owned bank Oschadbank after Ukrainian institutions were hit by a wave of cyber attacks earlier in the day, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 27, 2017.

December 6, 2019

China
Cyber Week in Review: December 6, 2019

Chinese tech companies seek to influence surveillance standards at the UN; UN hosts meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on global ICT usage; Russian government and search engine Yandex agree on n…

Visitors experience facial recognition technology at Face++ booth during the China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen, China.

December 6, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at Iowa State University on December 4, 2019. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Deval Patrick announced on February 12, 2020, that he was ending his campaign for president. Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last Decembe…

Deval Patrick