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October 23, 2017

Zimbabwe
What Zimbabwe’s Cybersecurity Ministry Says About Human Rights in the Country

According to critics, Zimbabwe's new ministry of cybersecurity is more concerned with curbing seditious speech than protecting the country's infrastructure from hackers or cyber criminals.

Mugabe sleeping

September 26, 2017

United Nations
Could the Rohingya Crisis Be a Turning Point for Guterres?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The pace and scale of the vi…

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a meeting of the Security Council to discuss peacekeeping operations at UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017.

April 21, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: April 21, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Cyber operations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There were two stories this week that …

March 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Famine in Africa Getting U.S. Media Attention

The March 28, 2017 edition of The New York Times on the front page above the fold has a color image of a Somali child clearly starving to death. Heading up The Times’s international section is a full…

Somalia Famine

September 16, 2016

Wars and Conflict
This Week in Markets and Democracy: FIFA Investigations, Corruption in Romania and the Maldives, New South Sudan Report

FIFA Investigates Its Own Corruption A year after the United States and Switzerland went after top FIFA officials on fraud, money laundering, and racketeering charges tied to a $150 million corrupt…

British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2015. World football's troubled governing body FIFA will vote for a new president, to replace Sepp Blatter, at a special congress to be held on February 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on Monday (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann).

October 24, 2016

Cybersecurity
When Naming Cyber Threat Actors Does More Harm Than Good

Max Smeets is a D.Phil candidate and cyber research affiliate at the University of Oxford. His work analyzes the proliferation of cyber weapons. Cybersecurity firms, despite their increasing promine…

CFR Cyber Net Politics Sneaky Panda

March 10, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The President Gratuitously Damages American Alliances

American alliances are not in good shape these days, with many countries worrying that President Obama does not value the alliances, their own role in those alliances, or the commitments our alliance…

August 23, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
On Attacking the "Islamic State" in Syria

The threat to the United States and to American interests from the “Islamic State” is now obvious and has been acknowledged by President Obama and his entire administration. The Attorney General and …

February 8, 2013

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Social Programs Funded by Success

Last month Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Rockefeller Foundation announced a program to provide free technical assistance to four states and local governments pursuing social impact bonds (SIBs), o…

A homeless man makes his way down the street before sunrise (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters).

July 9, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Near East Bureau at State: Nobody Home, Year Two

On May 31, 2012 the Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, Jeffrey Feltman, resigned his post. Feltman, a senior career diplomat who had been a superb ambassador to Lebanon, is now the numbe…