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February 24, 2021

Iran
Biden and Iran: Two Questions

As the Biden administration enters its second month in power, two very large questions about its Iran policy remain unanswered. The first relates to nuclear negotiations. At the State Department p…

February 24, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page

The killing of the Italian ambassador to the DRC and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman in the final hours of the Trump administration has again focused international attention on the interlocking crises in the DRC.

Four UN vehicles are seen parked on a dirt road, protected by armed UN soldiers, in eastern DRC. Two motorcycles are also seen driving on the road, going in opposite directions.

February 24, 2021

Digital Policy
Canada Has Denounced Clearview AI; It’s Time for the United States to Follow Suit

The United States, with its history of police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism, should take similar if not more drastic measures.

A security officer monitors surveillance cameras with geo-fencing and crowd monitoring capabilities.

February 22, 2021

Digital Policy
The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control: Developments in Digital Legislation in Russia

Moscow's recently introduced bills are the latest in a long history of efforts to bring the internet more tightly under its control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government members.

February 22, 2021

Boko Haram
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from February 13 to February 19, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

February 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021

New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Mo…

A person uses a smartphone to look at the Facebook page of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

February 19, 2021

Zimbabwe
New Report Shines Spotlight on Corruption in Zimbabwe

Last month, South Africa’ Daily Maverick newspaper published a damning exposé on corruption in Zimbabwe. Cartel Power Dynamics in Zimbabwe [PDF] details off-the-books networks worth billions that deal in gold, diamonds, cigarettes, fuel and more.

A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016

February 18, 2021

Human Rights
Kidnapping and Ransom Payments in Nigeria

On February 17, a gang of gunmen kidnapped more than forty students, teachers, and administrators from a secondary school in Niger State. At least one student was killed. President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all four service chiefs to go to Niger State.

A picture of the interior of an abandoned school in Kagara, Nigeria after gunmen kidnapped dozens of students, relatives, and administrators. Several wooden desks and chairs are seen, while the wall is covered in graffiti.

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 16, 2021

Asia
CFR Mini Mac Index Shows U.S. Dollar Falling, Other Safe Havens Soaring, Amid Pandemic

    The “law of one price” holds that identical goods should trade for the same price in an efficient market. But how well does it actually hold internationally? The Economist magazine’s Bi…