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July 20, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 14, 2021

United States
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is on track to be the United States’ deadliest year for gun violence in two decades. How do other countries regulate firearms and respond to mass shootings?

A gun enthusiast looks at a rifle scope

June 30, 2021

Elections and Voting
Virtual Roundtable: The Rise of Political Partisanship

The first session of the Threats to American Democracy Roundtable series focuses on the rise of political partisanship. The founders considered factions a grave threat to the new republic. We are now…

Play Voting booth with U.S. flag in the forefront as a woman walks with her ballot in the background

June 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Visa Challenges and Fall International Student Enrollment

Adam Julian, director of international student and scholar services at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and 2021 chair of the international student and scholar regulatory practice committee …

Play Passports.

June 14, 2021

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The United States Army celebrates its 246th birthday today. If you see an active duty, former, or retired member of the United States Army today, wish their service Happy Birthday.  The Army provi…

Army

June 10, 2021

Space
U.S. Leadership in Space: A Conversation With General John Raymond

General John Raymond discusses the establishment of the U.S. Space Force, current and potential national security threats in outer space, and areas of cooperation between the United States and both f…

Play General John Raymond sitting at a table during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

June 9, 2021

Religion
2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

Dwight Bashir, director of outreach and policy, and Elizabeth K. Cassidy, director of research and policy, both of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), present findings an…

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June 7, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 29–June 4

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 29 to June 4, 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.

June 6, 2021

Immigration and Migration
Corruption Endemic in Central America and Mexico

Corruption in Central America has become pervasive, insidious, and systematic. And, as much as any other factor, it spurs migration. The United States should partner with non-governmental organizatio…

May 19, 2021

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist terrorist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia