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November 23, 2020

Mozambique
The Military-First Approach in Northern Mozambique is Bound to Fail

Nolan Quinn is a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa Program. On October 14, the Islamist insurgency focused in northern Mozambique spilled over into Tanzania, with an …

An image of burned out huts in Chitolo village in northern Mozambique, which was attacked as part of an Islamist insurgency active in the area.

November 13, 2020

North Korea
Why North Korean Provocations Toward a Biden Administration Will Fail

A return to provocations as North Korea’s primary mechanism for drawing international attention would signal weakness, not the intended message of strength.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the 18th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 30, 2020.

September 16, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Is Lebanon a Failed State? Here’s What the Numbers Say.

The August explosions in Beirut were the latest in a series of man-made disasters that have led some experts to say Lebanon is becoming a failed state.

November 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria and the Nation-State

In Nigeria and the Nation-State, John Campbell explains what makes Nigeria different from other countries in Africa, how it works, and why understanding it is vital if we are to avoid the mistakes th…

Nigeria and the Nation-State Teaching Notes by John Campbell

December 3, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The United States and Europe Should Work Together to Promote a Prosperous Africa

The Financial Times recently reported that the European Union is preparing a proposal for the incoming Biden Administration that envisions a comprehensive strengthening of transatlantic cooperation a…

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017.

November 10, 2020

News Release
Reform State Department or Risk Further Damage to U.S. Influence Abroad, Warns CFR Report

“America’s network of international relationships is its foremost strategic asset, even as the agency charged with advancing U.S. interests through diplomacy—the Department of State (DOS)—has fallen …

December 4, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: December 4, 2020

EU proposes transatlantic partnership; New Zealand debuts views on international law in cyberspace; North Korean hackers target vaccine makers, State Department launches North Korea bounty program; C…

U.S. and European Union flags are pictured.

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

December 4, 2020

Nigeria
Delegitimizing Armed Agitations in the Niger Delta

Militant groups under the platform of MEND unleashed coordinated attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas infrastructure from 2006 to 2009. The pace of attacks fell after President Umaru Yar’Adua established an Amnesty Program that ostensibly included disarmament

A man is seen walking by a massive flame, the result of gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.