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Jun 3, 2011

China
China’s Information Warfare

A woman holds a flower aloft in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on May 19, 2008. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) As June 4 approaches, I am struck by how…

Feb 13, 2017

Cybersecurity
The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russi…

Jun 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Political Warfare

The United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. All have …

Jan 12, 2016

United States
Obama NCTC Dec 2015 Obama’s Drone Warfare Legacy

Today, I have a short piece in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” accurately summarized by its title, “Obama’s Embrace of Drone Strikes Will Be a Lasting Legacy.” The piece shows how President Ba…

Jan 12, 2017

North Korea
north-korea-balloon-leaflets Podcast: North Korea’s Information Underground

On this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Jieun Baek, author of North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society, tells the story of the outlawed political…

May 25, 2015

Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

In September 2013 the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas Sy…

Jul 16, 2015

Global
Nontraditional Warfare

Max Boot, CFR's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discusses the history of nontraditional warfare and implications for policymakers, as part of CFR's Academic Conferen…

May 19, 2017

Cybersecurity
An analyst looks at code in the malware lab of a cyber security defense lab at the Idaho National Laboratory Cyber Week in Review: May 19, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. WannaCry: Assessing the Damage. Countries are still reeling from a ransomware attack that c…

May 18, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport before his departure for London. Rumors of President Buhari’s Death Abound

In Nigeria, rumors have begun to spread that President Muhammadu Buhari has died. These appear to be false, despite that the president has appeared ill for months. After spending an extended medical …

May 16, 2017

Americas
Empty Classroom in Buenos Aires The Politics of Latin America’s Middle Income Trap

Many of Latin America’s largest economies are stuck in the so-called “middle-income trap,” with slowing productivity growth making it unlikely that they will catch up to the top global economies in t…