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April 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Defense
The Department of Defense Should Not Wage Cyber War Against Criminal Hackers During the Coronavirus Crisis

Some have called for the Department of Defense to "defend forward" against cybercrime that exploits the coronavirus pandemic. However, doing so would strain the department's already limited resources…

Personnel work at the Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

April 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
U.S. Cyber Command’s Malware Inoculation: Linking Offense and Defense in Cyberspace

"Defend forward" is frequently misunderstood to be purely offensive in nature. However, U.S. Cyber Command's malware inoculation initiative illustrates how the strategy also serves defensive objectiv…

Cyber defense operations at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.

April 1, 2020

Trade
The Instability of Global Supply Chains in a Pandemic, With Shannon K. O’Neil

Shannon K. O’Neil, CFR vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what the corona…

Podcast Operators work at a wire harness and cable manufacturing plant as the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak has rippled through the global economy and upended supply chains, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

March 6, 2020

Authoritarianism
The Rise of Digital Dictators, With Andrea Kendall-Taylor

Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the increasing use…

Podcast Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition on the history of the Russian-Chinese trade and economic cooperation on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

February 27, 2020

South Africa
History's Verdict Thirty Years After South Africa's Mandela Freed

Thirty years after State President F.W. de Klerk ordered his release from Cape Town’s Victor Vorster Prison, Nelson Mandela’s reputation as a genuine hero of the twentieth century holds up. With F.W. de Klerk and others, Mandela led the successful transition with the ANC from apartheid to non-racial democracy, forestalling the race war that many thought was inevitable.

A tall man in a purple polo shirt puts his arms around the shoulders of a shorter woman in a white shirt as she holds his shoulder. They both look at the statue of Nelson Mandela, raising his hands and smiling, in a small crowd of people. The statue is flanked by two towers attached to building with roman columns.

November 15, 2019

South Africa
What’s Behind South Africa’s Recent Violence?

Recent attacks that appeared to target immigrants have underscored South Africa’s struggle to combat violence and limit tensions with the rest of the region.

October 29, 2019

United States
Immigration and Border Policy

Shannon K. O’Neil, vice president, deputy director of Studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at CFR, provides an update on U.S. immigration and border polic…

Podcast

October 29, 2019

Nigeria
Beyond the Nigerian Correctional Services Act

Nigeria’s criminal justice system is in urgent need of reform. Prisons are overcrowded, holding 73,314 people despite having capacity for only 50,153. Of those held, an estimated 70 percent are awaiting trial and have not yet been convicted of a crime; reports find that some people have been awaiting trial for as long as thirteen years. The chronic underfunding of the justice system exacerbates overcrowding and pre-trial detention.

A Lady Justice statue stands outside the Court of Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria

September 18, 2019

South Africa
Why South Africa's Ramaphosa Is Skipping UNGA

Ramaphosa announced that he will not be going to New York this year for UNGA. South Africa’s delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor. Ramaphosa says that, instead of attending UNGA, he will focus on a number of crises currently facing the country. He will work on implementing measures against gender-based violence and public violence, which almost certainly refers to the xenophobic attacks on foreigners.

Demonstrators hold signs, one of which reads "Just Want to Feel Safe."

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.