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October 30, 2020

Nigeria
Northwest Nigeria Potential Jihadi Linchpin in West Africa

Up to now, radical jihadi activity in West Africa has been centered in Mali—with spillover to adjacent parts of Burkina Faso and Niger—and the Lake Chad Basin. The two locales are now increasingly br…

A crowd gathers in front of the Sultan Palace Hall Sokoto in Sokoto, Nigeria. Several cars can be seen.

October 13, 2020

Syria
Despite Ceasefire Agreement, Turkey Implicated In More Than Eight Hundred Violations

Amy Austin Holmes is an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One year ago, Turkish President Rece…

Smoke rises above the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, as seen from Turkey, on October 13, 2019.

September 28, 2020

Wars and Conflict
Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Ambassador (Ret.) Carey Cavanaugh is a professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Renewed military actio…

People attend a meeting to recruit military volunteers after Armenian authorities declared martial law following clashes with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, on September 27, 2020.

September 18, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: How Americans See the World

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats and Republicans see foreign policy very differently.

Mail-in ballots sit in a box before they are verified by election officials in 2016.

June 26, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

September 11, 2018

Niger
The Presence of Lethal U.S. Drones in Niger is Expanding

The CIA is expanding its presence at a recently established drone base at Dirkou, Niger, an oasis town in the Sahara that has a small airport.

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March 4, 2020

South Korea
Advancing South Korean Capabilities for the Future: Procurement or Research and Development?

South Korea can use indigenous capabilities to meet many of its goals, but will also need to procure some systems necessary for its self-defense into the future.

Members of U.S. and South Korean Special Forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted at Gunsan Air Force Base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 12, 2019.

January 31, 2020

China
Cyber Week in Review: January 31, 2020

The United Kingdom won’t ban Huawei; Major UN hack revealed; “SeaTurtle” DNS hijacking campaign reportedly aligned with Turkish government; Department of Interior grounds drone fleet; Facebook settle…

Pedestrians walk past an advertisement promoting the 5G data network at a mobile phone store in London

February 12, 2020

Technology and Innovation
The Dangers of Manipulated Media in the Midst of a Crisis

While social media companies have made some efforts to address manipulated media—photos, video, or audio that have been edited, distorted, or misappropriated—more needs to be done. Social media compa…

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up U.S. President Donald Trump's speech alongside Vice President Mike Pence following the State of the Union address.

February 10, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Horrific Mass Shooting in Thailand: Some Thoughts

Over the weekend, Thailand suffered a horrific mass shooting, in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, known as Korat. A gunman apparently angered about a land dispute attacked his commanding o…

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gives a press conference following a mass shooting at Terminal 21 Mall in Korat, Thailand on February 9, 2020.