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September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

August 22, 2018

Nigeria
Political Turmoil in Nigeria

These are unsettled times in Nigerian politics. On August 7, masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), secret police, barricaded the national assembly in Abuja, preventing access by legislators. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to fire DSS chief Lawal Daura and later placed him under house arrest.

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August 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
What Maneuvering Around the 2019 Elections Says About Indonesian Democracy

The past two weeks, both major contenders for the 2019 Indonesian presidential election took steps in advance of the contest next April, which almost surely will pit incumbent President Joko Widodo o…

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July 19, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Could European Populism Go Nuclear on NATO?

The following is a guest post by David Gevarter, an intern for European studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, observers …

People stage a protest against the nearby Belgian Tihange nuclear power station outside the town hall during a Charlemagne Prize ceremony in Aachen, Germany on May 10, 2018.

July 14, 2018

Human Rights
Silence on Nicaragua from Sanders and Di Blasio Helps the Regime’s Repression

The desperate human rights situation in Nicaragua is now very clear, and a Washington Post story today makes for grim reading. Just as the Castro regime in Cuba has long used paramilitaries for unoff…

September 26, 2006

Rule of Law
Brazil’s Powerful Prison Gang

Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a Brazilian prison gang, staged a series of attacks in May that paralyzed the city of Sao Paulo. Subsequent waves of violence have raised concerns about the organiz…

June 26, 2018

El Salvador
Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

June 22, 2016

Cybersecurity
California’s Gangs Go Digital and Global

Robert Muggah is co-founder and research director of the SecDev Foundation and the Igarapé Institute. He is co-editor of a new volume entitled Open Empowerment: From Digital Protest to Cyberwar that …

CFR Cyber Net Politics

June 19, 2018

Oil and Petroleum Products
OPEC's Vienna Meeting: The Challenge of Failing National Oil Companies

As energy ministers from major oil producing countries gather in Vienna this week to discuss the stability of global oil markets, the variables that will dictate outcomes have rapidly shifted. Pre-me…

Two persons pass the logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in front of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018.

June 15, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Impunity at the ICC

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 9 to June 15, was compiled with supp…

Jean-Jacques Badibanga,  James Stewart, and Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda are seen in a court room of the ICC before the delivery of the judgment in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba in the Hague, 2016.