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September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

September 20, 2021

Southeast Asia
Could the AUKUS Deal Strengthen Deterrence Against China—And Yet Come at a Real Cost to Australia?

AUKUS represents the death knell for strategic ambiguity in Australian foreign policy.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, dressed in a suit and purple tie, speaks into a microphone.

September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

September 13, 2021

Digital Policy
The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security

Even if overlooked, these metal tubes are essential to the global internet as we know it.

Reels of optical fiber cables are seen in a storage area in Perugia, Italy, June 23, 2017.

September 8, 2021

United States
Seven Movies Worth Watching About 9/11

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks this Saturday, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. Today: seven movies about 9/11.

Movies

September 2, 2021

Digital Policy
Ransomware’s Path to Product/Market Fit

The economics of cybersecurity have long benefited attackers, but ransomware has become so successful that if these criminal gangs running the attacks were viewed as startups, they would all be unico…

A view shows a laptop display showing part of a code, which is the component of Petya malware computer virus according to representatives of Ukrainian cyber security firm ISSP, at the firm's office in Kiev.

August 31, 2021

Cybersecurity
Statecraft and Strategy Under the Eroding Monopoly of Cyber Intelligence

The question of who “owns” cyber intelligence has profound implications for the geopolitical landscape. Grappling with this reality and its consequences is crucial.

Attendees walk by the FireEye booth during the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas

August 31, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria and Russia Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

The Nigerian Embassy in Moscow announced last week the signing of a legal framework agreement that would provide for Russia to supply Nigeria with military equipment and training. The Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation also provides for “after-sales services, training of personnel in respective educational establishments, and technology transfer.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shake hands. Buhari wears traditional Islamic dress, while Putin is wearing a jacket and tie. A metal sign reading "Russia-Africa" is seen behind the two.

August 25, 2021

China
A Review of Rush Doshi’s “The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order”

Rush Doshi’s landmark new book fills in key gaps in the United States’ understanding of China’s strategy and what it means for U.S. policy.

Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12, 2018.