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October 13, 2021

United States
Happy 246th Birthday to the US Navy!

The U.S. Navy marks 246 years of service.

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October 7, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
CFR Roundtable Speaker Wins 2021 MacArthur “Genius” Award

Dr. Safiya Noble, who spoke at a CFR roundtable in 2018, was announced as a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

An image of Safiya Noble

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

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 74th Birthday Tomorrow

The United States Air Force marks seventy-four years of service.

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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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September 13, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.

Three zebras walk through tall grasses, with a skyline view of Nairobi in the background.

September 8, 2021

Guinea
Coups are Back in West Africa

The coup in Guinea deposed Alpha Conde, who had been elected in less-than-credible elections.

Several men in military uniform ride in the back of a military pickup through the streets. Supporters line the streets with their arms outstretched.

September 7, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 28–September 3

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 28 to September 3, 2021.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

September 2, 2021

Nigeria
Taliban Capture of Super Tucano Highlights Risk in Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially placed in service six A-29 Super Tucanos, light turboprop aircraft manufactured by Embraer (Brazil) and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (United States). Six more Super Tucanos will be delivered later this year in a deal set to cost the Nigerian government about $500 million. According to the American embassy in Abuja, the sale is the largest in sub-Saharan Africa under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Four A-29 Super Tucanos wait at an airbase.

September 1, 2021

South Africa
New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa

The South African Department of Health has alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to the emergence of a new variant, C.1.2. It was first detected in May and is now circulating in most of the country’s provinces and at least seven other countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, and China.

A woman, wearing glasses and a mask, has her sleeve rolled up as another person inserts a syringe in her upper arm to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination.