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October 24, 2018

Transnational Crime
Taking Stock of the Global Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

A growing number of actors have joined the fight against dirty money. The success of global efforts to combat illicit financial flows, however, remains uncertain. 

A cash withdrawal of Ethiopian Birr at a bank in Addis Ababa.

October 11, 2017

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Trump, the World Bank, and the IMF: Explaining the Dog that Didn’t Bark (Yet)

A big surprise of Donald Trump’s “America First” presidency has been the moderate tone he has adopted toward the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which hold their annual meetings in …

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017.

September 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
What Do the Trump Administration’s Changes to PPD-20 Mean for U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations?

The White House has reportedly made it easier for U.S. Cyber Command to conduct offensive cyber operations, leading some observers to fret that it will create undue risks of escalation. Those concern…

Paul Nakasone

September 30, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ebola: The Dog That Has Not Barked

Especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Ebola news gets worse and worse, with victims and deaths seeming to grow exponentially. Yet the disease does not appear to have spread east along the Gulf …

Ebola Kills

June 20, 2011

Defense and Security
Congress Barking, Not Biting, on War Powers

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree. (Hyungwon Kang/courtesy Reuters) Debate over Libya and the War Powers Resolution heated up over the weekend. The New York Times report…

The U.S. Capitol Dome is pictured behind a cherry blossom tree in Washington.

April 2, 2018

Russia
The “Known Unknowns” of Russian Cyber Signaling

Recent Russian cyber intrusions in U.S. critical infrastructure have been interpreted as a signal that Moscow "could disrupt the West's critical facilities in the event of a conflict." But is that th…

Putin Shoigu

January 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Why Are There No Cyber Arms Control Agreements?

With the emergence of a militarized cyber domain that creates the conditions for misperceptions that could lead to inadvertent conflict, why are there no cyber arms control regimes?

Gorbachev-Reagan

December 22, 2017

Global
Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

seven stories to watch

October 25, 2017

North Korea
North Korea’s Offensive Cyber Program Might Be Good, But Is it Effective?

North Korea's activities in cyberspace have drawn a lot of attention but there is little evidence that they are strategically significant.

Kim Jong un computer

October 16, 2017

Cybersecurity
Lost in Cyber Translation? U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea

The United States wants to use cyber operations to signal its resolve against North Korea's nuclear program, but it is unclear whether Pyongyang will get the message.

Kim Jong-Un