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September 1, 2021

United States
Seven Resources Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

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 resources that debunk 9…

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May 26, 2021

Nigeria
Secrecy and Conspiracy Theories Surround Nigerian Plane Crashes

The plane crash May 21 killing Chief of Army Staff General Ibrahim Attahiru and all passengers and crew aboard is the fourth air tragedy in the past five months involving Nigeria Air Force aircraft. Initially, few details on the most recent crash were released, allowing conspiracy theories and falsely claimed videos of the crash to emerge on social media.

A line of Nigerian military officers raise their guns in salute at a funeral for a military general and others killed in a plane crash.

February 26, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Internal Security Problem

The Nigerian minister of defense recently enjoined Nigerians to take up arms to defend themselves against marauding bandits in their communities. Nigeria has experienced devastating attacks from armed bandits for more than two years.

A blanket is seen on the ground of a school stormed by kidnappers in Nigeria.

March 8, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Transforming International Affairs Education to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A new report by Carla Koppell, Reuben Brigety II, and Jamille Bigio offers a comprehensive approach for international affairs schools to transform the face and shape of U.S. foreign policy.

Protesters hold up placards as they “take a knee” in front of a police line at a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in London on June 7, 2020, during a weekend of global rallies against racism and police brutality.

June 7, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden Seeks to Revive U.S.-Europe Relations

Is America back and able to make the West once again the core of an open, rules-based world order? Biden and his counterparts have an opportunity to prove skeptics wrong this week.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stands in front of a European Council symbol, making a joint statement with European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of a meeting at EU Council headquarters in Brussels on February 6, 2015.

September 15, 2021

Somalia
Somalia’s Ongoing Political Crisis Exposes Fundamental Problem for U.S. Policy

The fragile Somali government is on the brink again, consumed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (also known as Farmaajo) and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s tussle for control of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)—a power struggle sharpened by the murder of Ikran Tahlil. Tahlil, who worked for NISA, disappeared this summer.

Protesters hold up a sign with a red "X" drawn across a picture of the Somali president.

September 14, 2021

United States
More Resources Worth Exploring About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 this past Saturday, we share resources that readers flagged for us or that we otherwise missed about that day and its consequences

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March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

March 17, 2021

Climate Change
An Internationalism that Protects: Why We Need to Reboot the Baruch Plan for Geoengineering

New planet-changing geoengineering technology is available to help humanity combat an existential security threat. However, like atomic fission, this technology is not to be jumped at without caution…

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed on July 17, 2014.

April 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Online Meetings Are Transforming International Relations

The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing intergovernmental meetings online. This transition will not be easy, but it could pave the way for greater participation and openness in international affairs. 

Members of the United Nations Security Council observe a moment of silence at the beginning of a meeting.