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March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

February 24, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page

The killing of the Italian ambassador to the DRC and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman in the final hours of the Trump administration has again focused international attention on the interlocking crises in the DRC.

Four UN vehicles are seen parked on a dirt road, protected by armed UN soldiers, in eastern DRC. Two motorcycles are also seen driving on the road, going in opposite directions.

February 18, 2021

Human Rights
Kidnapping and Ransom Payments in Nigeria

On February 17, a gang of gunmen kidnapped more than forty students, teachers, and administrators from a secondary school in Niger State. At least one student was killed. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all four service chiefs to go to Niger State.

A picture of the interior of an abandoned school in Kagara, Nigeria after gunmen kidnapped dozens of students, relatives, and administrators. Several wooden desks and chairs are seen, while the wall is covered in graffiti.

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.

January 28, 2021

Human Trafficking
Combating Human Trafficking and the Biden Administration

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

The silhouette of a woman in front of a doorway

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

January 20, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s Inaugural Address to a Divided America

Joe Biden gave the nation a much-needed civics lesson today in the guise of an inaugural address. His message was impossible to miss—America’s strength lies in American unity. It is a simple, almost …

Biden speech

January 15, 2021

Digital Policy
Cyber Week in Review: January 15, 2021

Amazon, tech companies drop Parler; Treasury Department sanctions individuals in Russia-linked effort to influence U.S. election; Commerce Department issues rules to block telecom equipment from six …

A supporter of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni takes a selfie.

January 15, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
From Rhetoric to Reality: Advancing Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

  This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight n…

A Venezuelan indigenous women from the Wayuu tribe shake hands during a reconciliation ceremony, in Castilletes, Colombia February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

January 13, 2021

Uganda
The World Should Not Look Away From Uganda's Undemocratic Elections

On January 14, Uganda will hold national elections, an exercise that is shaping up to be more of an opportunity for the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, to demonstrate the repressive power of the state

A man walks past a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala, Uganda January 13, 2021