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August 25, 2021

United States
Seven Podcasts Worth Listening to About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven podcasts worth listenin…

Podcasts

June 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello (Ahlan), Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: President of Egypt

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s new president yesterday.  He succeeded the interim president, Adly Mansour. And who appointed Mansour? Why, Sisi himself after he and the Egypt…

Sisi-President-Egypt

June 15, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Can Democracy Help Solve The Problem of Gaza?

What would happen if Palestinian politics were revived?

February 2, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian President Buhari Shuffles Military Service Chiefs

President Buhari's January 26 announcement that he has fired all four of his military service chiefs will be welcomed by his critics. His new appointments appear to be of high quality in terms of official announcements about their background.

Major General Leo Irabor, then-commander of the Nigerian military's operation against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, is seated while speaking to the media. He is wearing camouflage, military fatigues with a hat. A flag is on a flagpole over his right shoulder.

December 9, 2020

Mali
United Kingdom Sends Troops to Mali

Boris Johnson’s government is deploying three hundred British troops to the UN peacekeeping force MINUSMA in Mali. They will join some fourteen thousand other troops from fifty-six countries. The Bri…

A group of UN peacekeepers standing at attention as they prepare to begin a mission in Mali in 2013. All are wearing blue UN berets. One man wearing desert fatigues stands in the front, with a group of soldiers wearing darker camouflage standing behind him.

May 6, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria: Anxiety Over Deteriorating Security Morphing Into Panic

Longtime political heavyweight Bukola Saraki—former governor of Kwara State, former president of the senate, and former chairman of the National Assembly—and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek outside assistance. Senior Advocate of Nigeria Robert Clarke at a Sunday, May 2 Channels Television news show questioned whether Nigeria would survive another six months.

A man sits on the ground in front of a sign that says "We rise now or we all die in Southern Kaduna." Another sign says "The government has failed us."

September 24, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Halts Democratic Backsliding

The outcome of the election in the Maldives, which ousted the authoritarian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, allows the country to focus on rebuilding its democratic institutions and its relati…

Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018. Ashwa Faheem/Reuters

August 20, 2020

Local and Traditional Leadership
Mali Coup: "Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic"

Despite the crowd’s jubilation in Bamako, the arrest of President Ibrahim B. Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and other government officials seems unlikely to result in fundamental change in Mali.

African man, the President of Mali, smiles for cameras and is dressed in all-white traditional garb

September 14, 2020

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 73rd Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 73 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

May 1, 2020

Iraq
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Iraq’s Pledge to Cut Oil Production

Iraq faces an uphill battle in meeting its obligations to the historic production cut agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers such as R…

A worker wears a protective mask, following an outbreak of coronavirus, at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, north of Basra, Iraq March 15, 2020.