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November 13, 2018

Puerto Rico
Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

President Trump is right to worry that disaster aid will end up bailing out the holders of Puerto Rico's bonds, but there are better solutions to that particular problem than cutting off disaster aid…

Could Maria’s Legacy Be a New Debt Trap for Puerto Rico?

November 6, 2018

United States
Who Secures the U.S. Border?

U.S. troops are being sent to the southwestern border, but they are limited by law in the ways they can supplement the work of Border Patrol agents.

U.S. troops erect razor wire at the southwest border.

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

November 2, 2018

Nigeria
Dozens Reportedly Killed as Nigerian Military Fires on Shia Protesters

Between October 27 and 30, protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious organization led by the pro-Iranian Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, clashed with security services in and around Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The IMN reported that Nigerian security services had killed at least forty of its members during the marches.

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November 1, 2018

Human Rights
Abusive Military Partners: What Can the U.S. Do About It?

Abuses committed by African militaries in the fight against Boko Haram have raised important questions about U.S. military involvement in the conflict, particularly the debate about U.S. military assistance and the role of the nearly 1,800 U.S. personnel across West and Central Africa.

A Nigerien security agent participates in a simulated raid on a militant camp during the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises in Ouallam, Niger, April 18, 2018.

November 2, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 2, 2018

This week: another indictment against Chinese actors for cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, a new U.S. government task force to combat Chinese IP theft, the UK wants to tax Google, and int…

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November 1, 2018

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde

October 31, 2018

Russia
U.S. Cyber Command Targeted Russian Operatives to Deter Election Meddling. Here’s Why.

Although anonymity is generally prized for successful cyber operations, it might not be ideal in all cases, especially if the United States wants to deter an Russia spreading disinformation. 

Pentagon

October 30, 2018

Nigeria
Shia IMN Protesters Clash With Nigerian Military in Abuja

According to Sahara Reporters, on October 27 the Shia were marching from Suleja to Abuja in preparation for a religious event called Arbaeen Symbolic Trek. The marchers apparently took a route that had not been approved by the security services. When the soldiers and police intervened, marchers responded by throwing rocks. The army and police responded with live ammunition. 

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October 30, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Mail Bombs, Hate Crimes, and the Meaning of Terrorism

Last week’s mail bombs and synagogue attack have reignited a heated discussion of hate crimes and terrorism in the United States. Definitions matter in this debate.

Terrorism and Hate Crimes