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November 10, 2011

The Scope of the Problem: How Much Does Cyber Espionage Cost the United States?

Abacus. (Andreas Rodler/Courtesy Flickr) There was an important point in last week’s report on foreign economic collection and industrial espionage that I did not have a chance to get to in my origi…


July 12, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Defections and Diplomacy, Egypt’s Power Struggles

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. UN Security Council members today began discussing a draft resolution on Syria in New York. Russia and the Western nations on the 15-member council have d…

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad meets UN Syria peace envoy Kofi Annan in Damascus on July 9, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

February 7, 2013

International Law
“Smuggler Nation”: America’s Illicit History Exposed

Smuggling may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it must rank a close second. For as long as political authorities have sought to control borders, criminal networks have tried to circumvent th…

Tallship The Grande Turk trails Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's ship HMS Endurance ...

December 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
No Christmas for South Sudan

The current crisis in South Sudan escalated on December 15, when President Salva Kiir accused his long-time political rival former vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Since then, there h…

(L-R) Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta meet in the capital Juba December 26, 2013.

May 23, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: One Year After Obama’s Drone Speech

Harold Hongju Koh, “Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech,” JustSecurity.org, May 23, 2014. The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual re…

Obama NDU speech

November 24, 2014

Digital Policy
How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?

What a difference two years make. In 2012, the World Conference on Information Technology meeting ended with a high degree of acrimony, with the United States and fifty-four others refusing to sign n…

Christopher Painter, Lawrence Strickling, Daniel Sepulveda, and Nuala O’Connor

February 28, 2014

Weekend Reading: Damascus Life, Between Baghdad and Erbil, and Cinematic Seduction

Anne Barnard’s article explores life in Damascus while photographer Andrea Bruce’s photos capture it visually for National Geographic. Yerevan Saeed discusses the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KR…


July 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Shabaab’s Ivory Trade, Continued

This is a guest-post by Andrea Crosta, co-Founder and Executive Director of Elephant Action League (EAL). The Elephant Action League (EAL) is appreciative of this opportunity to justify our findings…

al-shabaab ivory 2

June 29, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Are U.S. Efforts Successfully Countering Terrorism in Africa?

This post was co-authored by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn and Andrea Walther-Puri. Cheryl is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Andrea is a researcher focusing on security sector reform and …

Countering Terrorism

February 22, 2017

Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering

Bundles of confiscated drug money worth two million euros ($2.7 million) are displayed at a police headquarters in Madrid January 18, 2011. (Andrea Comas/Courtesy Reuters) On Tuesday, the UN Office …

Read of the Week: the Uphill Battle Against Money Laundering