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August 8, 2022

Cybersecurity
Justice Department’s Russia Indictment Reminds to Look Beyond Online Influence

Russian interference in U.S. elections through cyberspace has been a major source of concern for U.S. officials, but they should also ensure the United States is prepared for non-digital influence op…

Maria Butina leans on the shoulder of her father, Valery Butin.

August 8, 2022

Nigeria
A Religious Dilemma

Nigerian Christians must decide whether to cut or thrust

A man holds a palm cross in his hands during a Catholic church service.

June 10, 2022

United States
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

The United States is witnessing another year of record gun violence, raising domestic and international scrutiny of its comparatively loose gun laws and placing pressure on lawmakers to enact meaning…

A gun enthusiast looks at a rifle scope

February 1, 2019

South Africa
Zondo Commission Witness Details State Capture in South Africa

In January 2018, Ramaphosa appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into “state capture,” the label commonly used in South Africa for government corruption. The testimony to the Zondo Commission of Angelo Agrizzi details the extravagant bribes paid by companies to the highest level of the governing African National Congress (ANC), mostly in return for highly lucrative contracts.

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August 4, 2022

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 4, 2022

Pelosi visits Taiwan; Facebook allows spread of misinformation in Kenya; Probe into police use of Pegasus ends; Hackers steal $190 million in cryptocurrency; U.S. and Ukraine announces greater cybers…

Nancy Pelosi stands in front of a U.S. House of Representatives flag with her hand raised to the level of her chest.

December 8, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Witness Leaves Kimberley Process

An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, near the border with Zimbabwe, September 19, 2010. (Goran Tomasevic/Courtesy Reuters) Yesterday, Global Witness announce…

Global Witness Leaves Kimberley Process

August 3, 2022

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in 2022 heightened tensions.

A helicopter flies a Taiwanese flag through the air.

March 29, 2012

United States
The Power of Witness: Imagery and Mass Atrocities

* coauthored with my research associate, Emma Welch Warning: This blog post contains graphic images. Last week, I was fortunate to attend a workshop at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Power of…

Memorial Srebrenica

July 27, 2022

North Korea
What to Know About Sanctions on North Korea

World powers continue to punish North Korea with economic sanctions, but the pressure has so far failed to push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

June 2, 2022

Military Operations
How the Army Is Revamping Its Culture in the Wake of Tragedy

A series of troubling incidents within the U.S. Army—including the killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillén in 2020—has prompted the military service to push for major changes to its culture. 

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen.