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January 30, 2019

Nigeria
The U.S. and UK to Deny Visas to Nigerians Undermining Elections

The United States and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement stating that they will deny visas to Nigerians involved in rigging or violence in the national elections scheduled for February 16. In addition to monitoring polling stations and outbreaks of violence, they will also be monitoring social media for incidents of hate speech and incitement of violence.

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June 13, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Five Questions with Denise Ho: From the Front Lines of the Hong Kong Protests

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Hong Kong democracy activist Denise Ho live-streaming protest clashes with police on Facebook.

October 11, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Champions for Change: Dr. Denis Mukwege

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. In this post, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege describes what inspired him to start…

Dr. Denis Mukwege receives the Hillary R. Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, February 2014.

September 18, 2018

Nigeria
Corruption Denies Millions Access to Quality Education in Nigeria

Education in Nigeria is in dire straits, and many Nigerians are acutely aware and concerned. At present, Nigeria has the highest percentage in the world of children not enrolled in school, and it is much higher in the south of the country than in the north. Overall, the UN Human Development Index ranks Nigeria 152nd out of 188 countries.

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November 1, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 1, 2019

Russia targets African countries on Facebook with new disinformation tactics; WhatsApp sues NSO Group after 1,400 users compromised with spyware; China throws support behind blockchain with digital y…

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration

October 11, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Syrian Kurds, the NBA, and LGBTQ Rights

Each week, I look at what the presidential candidates are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail. 

People flee Turkish air strikes in Ras al Ain along the northern Syrian border.

October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

October 4, 2019

Nigeria
The Legacy of Nigeria's 1999 Transition to Democracy

Commentators, especially outside Nigeria, saw the elections of 2015 as an important milestone for the country’s democratic development breaking the pattern of rigged elections. However, could it be that it was the elections of 2011 that really broke the pattern, and the elections of 2015 merely restored it? Were in fact the elections of 2015 much better than those before and after? Did the political classes determine that Jonathan had to go, in part because of the deteriorating economy and security situation, but also understanding that the 1998–9 bargain struck between the south and the north be restored? Will the bargain survive in 2023? 

Obasanjo walks past a cheering crowd in a white robe.

September 30, 2019

Cybersecurity
The First Ever Global Meeting on Cyber Norms Holds Promise, But Broader Challenges Remain

Earlier this month, the United Nations held the first ever global meeting on peace and stability in cyberspace. While there is little reason to expect states to reach a final agreement on major issue…

The United Nations building is pictured in New York, New York, U.S., September 24, 2018.

September 24, 2019

Donald Trump
Patriot Games: President Trump Again Puts the “Nation” in United Nations

Though Trump’s tone was solemn and even-keeled, the overall thrust of his UN General Assembly speech was of transactional nationalism, emphasizing the importance of pursuing national interests and co…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, NY on September 24, 2019.